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Sacraments Unit 3

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Jon Ott

on 28 February 2012

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Transcript of Sacraments Unit 3

Metanoia = Radical change of heart and mind away from sin and evil and toward God
1st Conversion: Baptism
Problem: Concupiscence (inclination to sin)
Christian life requires continual conversion
Reconciliation and Sin
Sin = Offense against God whereby man turns away from God through false love of self
Mortal Sin
Ruptures love for God
3 conditions necessary
1) Grave Matter
2) Full Knowledge
3) Complete Consent
Types of Sin
Venial Sin
Weakens love for God
Danger: can lead to mortal sin
Four Elements of Reconciliation
Source of all other sin: Pride
"Heartfelt sorrow and aversion for the sin committed along with the intention to sin no more."
Contrition is NOT shame
1) Contrition
Shame = inward dissatisfaction leading to despair
Contrition = sorrowful longing to draw closer to God
Act of Contrition said during Reconciliation
Doesn't always come naturally
Examination of conscience is helpful
Is it necessary?
2. Confession
Why confess?
Allows you to take responsibility for your actions
Takes courage
Shows remorse
“The confession (or disclosure) of sins, even from a simply human point of view, frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others. Through such an admission man looks squarely at the sins he is guilty of, takes responsibility for them, and thereby opens himself again to God and to the communion of the Church in order to make a new future possible.”
(CCC 1455)
Why confess to a priest?
3. Penance
Construct a "Penitential" for SLUH students.
At least 5 items with explanations
Priest sees conversion is genuine
Pronounces God's forgiveness through imposition of hands
Priest himself does not forgive
God, working through priest, forgives
Only happens if sinner wants it
God does not force forgiveness
Only "unforgiveable" sin = blasphemy against Holy Spirit (not wanting forgiveness)
4. Absolution
Reconciliation with God, Church, others, self
Peace, clear conscience, feeling God's love
Re-opens path to complete union with God
Fixes car, gets us back on right road
Only take place if we are genuine
Genuine in approach
Genuine in attempt to sin no more
Sums up entire process
What started the reconciliation process?
What was father doing when son returned?
What happened after son came home?
Prodigal Son
You Are A Sinner.
You're not alone.
“I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner… I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.”
Pope Francis
Sin = turning away from God
We continuously sin; we need continuous conversion
Sacrament of Reconciliation offers just that
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