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Transcript of Reconciliation
To instruct and give advice
To heal In the Bible... John 20:20-23: The belief back then was that only God can forgive sins. Thus, when Jesus forgave sins he was claiming that he is equal with God. Jesus gave his disciples the authority to forgive sins and established in them the Sacrament of Penance-- involves the Catholic practice of confessing sins to a priest (also known as the "auricular confession" Our society is wounded and broken by sins --> society needs to be healed spiritually and physically
The Church, a community guided by God, will represent as our Healer and Reconciler.
Forgiveness, Love and, Healing are shown in the Parable of the Prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)
Going to Confession is very important because through confession we can show that God's mercy is always available and that it comes through the Church and the priests Matt 16:19; 18:18 : In biblical times, "binding" and "loosing" were common terms used by rabbis
Bound : forbade & Loose: permit Forgiving is different from absolving.
To be absolved is to be given a clean slate. James 5: 14-16 : James mentioned that sickness may result from personal sins, though it is not always the case.
Dealing with sin will result to forgiveness. Laying on of hands BLESSINGS Hebrew blessings: Makarios, esher, and barak = happiness Signs & Symbols Words of Absolution Reconciliation is a way for an individual to be farther away from sins and guilt and a way to find joy and peace. Old Testament: happiness and welfare in God
New Testament: refers to the forgiveness that is ultimately from God symbolizes the bestowal of blessings, authority and distinctiveness The last part of the Confession
-The priest prays for the forgiveness of sins Ab = from, solvere = to free Absolution:
is the remission of sin or of the punishment due to sin, granted by the Church
integral part of the Sacrament of Penance
essential part of the formula given by the priest: "I absolve you from your sins..." Absolution, when done before death, ensures that that person will die in a "state of grace."
Absolution removes the eternal punishment associated with mortal sins, but only if the penitent has a strong purpose and is truly contrite 1.Examination of Conscience Steps to Confession 2. Contrition 3. The actual confessing of your sins to God through His priests 4. Assigning of penance 5. Act of Contrition 6. Absolution 7.Carrying out your penance Examination of Conscience - before going to confession, people mentally review their sins Contrition - one of the keys of confession is the desire to get rid of all sins Penance - priest gives penance to help pay for the temporal effects of sins “O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.” "May our Lord Jesus Christ absolve you; and by His authority I absolve you from every bond of excommunication and interdict, so far as my power allows and your needs require. Thereupon, I absolve you of your sins in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen." Penance is done and carried out after confession of sins “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It is (days, weeks, months, years) since my last Confession. I accuse myself of the following sins....”
Sins are then named, after which, one states:
“For these and all the sins of my past life, I ask pardon of God, penance, and absolution from you, Father.”
3. Why is Reconciliation a form of self-satisfaction? Members of the community are called to give living and concrete witness of reconciliation, bringing peace to people’s minds, reducing tensions, overcoming divisions, and healing the wounds her members have inflicted upon one another (CFC. p. 442 - 443). 1. Why is it hard to forgive? “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us” (Mt 6:12) The whole community is involved in forgiveness & reunion. If people can confess sins and ask for forgiveness, so shall it be that people can forgive others. 2. How is Reconciliation uniting the people of God? “We must try to be united in what is essential for Christian Faith and life, in accordance with the ancient maxim: In what is doubtful, freedom; in what is necessary, unity; in all things, charity”
(RP 9, cited from CFC, p.443). Sinners are called back to the presence of God, uniting everyone with the Lord. The presence of a sense of relief and belonging, safety and love, is mediated once Christians are reconciled with the Father. This is done through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where sinners are relieved of the burden they have inflicted. Confirmation is the verification of our trust and love of God.
Reconciliation is us asking God forgiveness for the sins we have committed.
Both these sacraments seek to strengthen our connection with God, require conversion, lets us change for the better, and lets us become ideal Christians.
Reconciliation & Confirmation