Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation, (Rite of Penance) consists of the penitent confessing his sins to the priest, being attentive to the priest's admonition and the giving of penance to be performed, the expression of sorrow followed by the prayer of absolution.
The Good News Jesus brought that God is always willing to pardon us if we are sorry for what we have done wrong. God respects our free will to make decisions and to choose what we want for in our lives. Wanting God’s forgiveness requires us to act in certain ways – sincere and honest. We must truly want to turn away from sin and turn back to God. This process of turning around involves the following steps:
1. Admission of sin – examine your conscious, the inner gift God has given to us to know right from wrong. Consider the 10 commandments.
2. Act of Contrition – My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good. I have sinned against you whom I should love above all saints. I firmly intend with your help to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name my God, have mercy.
3. Confession – Tell the priest your sins. Express your faith in God’s mercy. The action of speaking with the priest shows our belief that God’s forgiveness is stronger than our sin.
Satisfaction – Try to make up for what we have done wrong. We try to repair the damage our sin has caused. This is called restitution. Satisfaction takes the form of a penance the priest gives us. Types of penance can include prayers, works of mercy, personal sacrifices, and service.