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Reconciliation

 

Confession: (Reconciliation)

When he first appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection, Christ breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.”

Confession is the reconciling of humans to God. When we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace. When we deprive ourselves we make it easier to sin again. The way to redeem ourselves is to acknowledge our sins, repent them and ask God’s forgiveness. In the sacrament of Reconciliation grace is restored to our souls and we can once again resist sin.