“And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:18
As disciples, we are always in need of God’s mercy, for we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Yet, God in his Fatherly compassion, and through his Son Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, we have redemption and the forgiveness of sin. (Ephesians 1:7).
The Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates a “process” in these following steps:
Repentance – we turn back to God, humbly and honestly recognizing our sins and failures.
Contrition – we show and express sorrow for hurting God and people because of those sins that we confess.
Penance – we seek to amend the wrong we’ve done through prayer and action.
Absolution – our sins are forgiven by God through Christ in the ministry of the priest, and therefore, we are once more reconciled with God and one another and the Church. (John 20: 23)
If you’ve been away for a while, there is no need to fear, as our priests are always ready to show God’s compassion and Fatherly heart for you, his child. The priest will guide you through this Sacrament.