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The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance
We are not defined by our mistakes. In Confession, Jesus invites us to encounter his mercy and be healed by his love. When he tells us "Go and sin no more," he also gives us the grace to do so.
Confessing one's sins only to God is easier because makes us feel like our sins are "pretend." But confessing ours sins to another person is more difficult because it makes us aware that we can't save ourselves and that we really do need a Savior who is Jesus.
Fr John Muir on the Sacrament of Confession, addressing the question: Do I need to confess my sins to a priest?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not only about confessing your sins. It is also about healing the mystical body of Christ which you are a member of.
God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself, and sent the Holy Spirit among us fo the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Music Video Reflection with music by Tenth Avenue North
The difference between mortal and venial sins?
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