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The Seven Catholic Holy Sacraments

† Reconciliation †


Special Ceremonies for Experiencing
God's Saving Presence; an outward sign of an inward Grace

"21He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. 22When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. 23Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." John 20:21-23

ReconciliationReconciliation, the Sacrament of Confession, is the Sacrament of Penance and asking for the forgiveness of sins, reunion, and the first of two sacraments of healing. Since sin is separation from God, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the spiritual healing for a baptized person from this separation. For the Sacrament of Baptism, which is a spiritual regeneration, cannot be given a second time, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is eminent for reconciling us to God, it is a great spring of Grace.

Meditation
PrayerCome Holy Spirit into my soul,
Enlighten my mind that I may know the sins I ought to confess.
And grant me your Grace to confess them fully, humbly and with contrite heart.
Help me to firmly resolve not to commit them again.
O Jesus, ever flowing fountain of compassion,
I approach You to cleanse me from all my sins.
O Divine Physician heal my soul.
O infinite Love, enkindle the flames of Your Love in my soul that it may love nothing but You.
May this Confession bring about in me an entire change in my life so that I may be fully reconciled to You.
Amen.

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Pope Francis: Emphasizes mercy in discourse on Sacrament of Reconciliation

He reminded priests that the Holy Spirit is the "protagonist" of the ministry of reconciliation, calling on them to "always be 'men of the Holy Spirit.'" As such, priests must welcome penitents not with the attitude of a judge, but with "the charity of God, with the love a father who sees the son returning, the shepherd who has found the lost sheep."...Read More
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