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Sacraments of Healing: Penance
Transcript of Sacraments of Healing: Penance
Names of the sacrament
The sacrament of Penance is also called the sacrament of the RECONCILIATION, of CONVERSION, or of CONFESSION
Baptism vs Confession
Baptism does snatch us from the power of sin and death and bring us into the new life of the children of God, but it does NOT free us from human weakness and the inclination to sin. Tht is why we need a place where can be reconciled with God again and again. That place is confession.
Who instituted the sacrament of Penance? Jesus himself (Jn 20, 22a - 23)
Who can forgive sins? God alone. Priests can forgive sins in Jesus' place only because Jesus has given them that authority.
PENANCE: It is making restitution or satisfaction for a wrong that has been committed
STEPS FOR CONFESSION: Examination of conscience, contrition, a purpose of amendment, confession and penance
WHAT SINS MUST BE CONFESSED? All serious sins (mortal sins)
IF I HAVE NOT COMMITTED MORTAL SINS... Confession is a gift of healing that brings about closer union with the Lord, even if, strictly speaking, you do not have to go to confession
The seal of the confessional
The secrecy of the confessional is ABSOLUTE.
POSITIVE EFFECTS OF CONFESSION
CONFESSION reconciles the sinner with God and he Church