The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is the privileged place to receive God’s mercy and forgiveness. It is a place for both personal and communal healing. In this sacrament, all the baptized have a new and personal encounter with Jesus Christ, as well as a new encounter with the Church, facilitating a full reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.– Proposition 33 of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, October 2012
Jesus told his Apostles in John 20:23 “Whose sins you forgive they are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” The Church has understood from her Sacred Tradition that this was how Jesus established the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation.
This page contains resources from both near and far for those of you who wish to make a better confession or to better understand this Sacrament.
- Repent & Clear the Way of the Lord – a homily by Fr. Francis Chirackal, CMI (requires Acrobat Reader)
- Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance
- How to make a good Confession (Source: Archdiocese of Boston, MA)
- The Early Church Fathers on Confession