- Is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) necessary to have your sins forgiven or can you go straight to God?
- Why do we need this Sacrament?
- Where did it come from?
- What does sin do?
- With God
- With Others
- With Ourselves
“We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” – Romans 12:5
“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.” – 1 Cor 12:26
“1440 Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church.”
Who Forgives Sins?
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”” – John 20 19-23
“confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” – James 5:16
“When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” (CCC 1452).
“If there is a danger of death or if, in the judgment of the diocesan Bishop or of the Episcopal Conference, there is some other grave and pressing need, catholic ministers may lawfully administer these same sacraments to other Christians not in full communion with the catholic Church, who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who spontaneously ask for them, provided that they demonstrate the catholic faith in respect of these sacraments and are properly disposed.” (Code of Canon Law, canon 844.4)
- God commanded we confess our sins to one another in the Bible. (James 5:16)
- It is the ordinary way to have our sins forgiven.
- We receive grace to resist sin through the Sacrament, as well as forgiveness.
- We learn humility by having to confess to another person.
- There is built-in accountability.
- Our relationship with the rest of the Church is healed.
- We receive counsel from the priest.
- We can be comforted hearing the words of absolution.
- All are sins are wiped away.
- Helps give you the strength to forgive others.
- It doesn’t cost anything.
- We may not be positive that we have “perfect” contrition without it.
- Helps us go deep within and think about how we can improve.
- It feels good emotionally.
- When we realize (again) we are sinners, it is easier to be patient with others.
- Always confidential – what is said in the confessional stays in the confessional.
- No more guilt.
- We are better prepared to receive the Eucharist.
- Forgiveness is a necessary part of growing in holiness.
- Our consciences can be better formed.
- If we have mortally sinned, then Confession brings us back into the family of God – The Church as well as restores sanctifying grace in our souls!
**Is Confession To a Catholic Priest Necessary or Can You Go Straight To God?
**What Happens If I Die With Mortal Sin Without 1st Going To Confession?
**Can a Non-Catholic Go To Confession?
**Confession From The Priest’s Perspective