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The Sacrament of Reconciliation

"But if a wicked man


turns away from all
the sins he has
committed and keeps
all my decrees and
does what is just and
right, he will surely
live; he will not die.
None of the offenses
he has committed will
be remembered
against him.

Ezekiel 18:21-22

Mr. Pablo Cuadra


Religion Class
Sacrament of Reconciliation
 “I am the light of
the world. Whoever
follows me will not
walk in darkness,
but will have the
light of life.”
John 8:12
Sacrament of Reconciliation
 “Those who are
well do not need a
physician, but the
sick do. I did not
come to call the
righteous but
sinners”
Mark 2:17
Sin is Like Leprosy
It corrupts all that is good and noble in us

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:


sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is
idolatry.
Colossians 3:5
Sin is like a Fracture
He answered, "I
heard you in the
garden, and I was
afraid because I
was naked; so I
hid."
Genesis 3:10

It separates us from God’s Friendship


Sin Lead us to Spiritual Death
 Revelation
20: 11-15
11Then I saw a great white throne and him
who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from
his presence, and there was no place for them.
12And I saw the dead, great and small,
standing before the throne, and books were
opened. Another book was opened, which is the
book of life. The dead were judged according to
what they had done as recorded in the books.
13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and
death and Hades gave up the dead that were in
them, and each person was judged according to
what he had done. 14Then death and Hades
were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of
fire is the second death. 15If anyone's name
was not found written in the book of life, he
was thrown into the lake of fire.
The Sacraments of Healing
 There are two
sacraments of
healing:
 A. Reconciliation or
Penance also
known as
Confession.
 B. Anointing of the
sick
Sin leads us to spiritual darkness
 1 John 2:9-11
Sacrament of Reconciliation
 Only God brings
true forgiveness
and Peace.
 John 14:27
 Matthew 11: 28
Sin is A heavy burden
Sacrament of Reconciliation
 Penance is an
invitation to
Conversion.
 A call to
forgiveness
 A spiritual U-turn
Conversion
 For conversion to
happen we must
have:
 Desire (Thirst for
God)
 Resolution
Interior conversion
 Interior Conversion
is expressed in
outward concrete
signs and actions
 Ex: Prayer,
Fasting, Almsgiving
Interior conversion
 Reaching out to
people
 Defending justice
and right
 Reading the
scriptures
Names for the Sacrament of
Reconciliation
 Sacrament of
Confession
 Sacrament of
Penance
 Sacrament of
Forgiveness
 Sacrament of
healing
Essentials of the Sacrament
 Contrition (sorrow)
 Resolution = a firm desire
not to offend God through
sinful behavior.
 Confession = the
enumeration of our sins.
 Satisfaction = Penance,
making amends.
 A person that goes to
confession to threatens the
life of another is not making
a confession. He or she is
making a threat.
 The priest is not bound in
this case to keep the seal of
confession.
Contrition
 Real interior
sorrow and
repentance for
one’s sins.
 Two types:
A. Perfect
Contrition
B. Imperfect
Contrition
Perfect Contrition
 Sorrow out of true
love for God.
Imperfect Contrition
 Sorrow out of Fear
for eternal
punishment.
Confession
 Confession is the
disclosure of our
sins to the minister
 Confession is the
admission of guilt
 “Then I acknowledged my
sin to you and did not cover
up my iniquity. I said, "I
will confess my
transgressions to the LORD
"— and you forgave the
guilt of my sin”. Psalm 32:5
Examination of Conscience
 A close look at our
sins.
 An inventory of our
lives.
 An honest inspection
of the way we live.
 An essential
component in the
preparation for the
sacrament of
reconciliation.
Satisfaction
 The repair of the
damage caused by
our sins.
 It involves
penance, making
amends.
 Amends= making
up for what we do
wrong.
Absolution
 A blessing of forgiveness.
 The priest acting in the person of
Christ and through his power
absolves the penitent from his or
her sin.
 Again Jesus said,
 "Peace be with you! As the Father has
sent me, I am sending you." And with that
he breathed on them and said, "Receive
the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his
sins, they are forgiven; if you do not
forgive them, they are not forgiven."
John 20: 21-23
 Only bishops and priests can give
absolution and hear confessions.
 The minister of confession is
bound by the seal of confession,
under penalty of ex-
communication.
 He cannot reveal any sins
confessed.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
 Tips:
 Receive this sacrament as often as possible.
 Make an examination of conscience before going to
confession.
 Make an honest confession (do not exaggerate your sins, do
not talk about others in your confession, do not mention
any names. Do not avoid confessing certain sins out of
shame.)
 Trust in God’s mercy.
 Fulfill your penance with a contrite, joyful heart.
 Give thanks to Almighty God for his unending mercy and
love.
 Pray for the unrepentant hearts that are harden by sin.
 Ask the Good Lord to give you his grace, to live a life
worthy of the Gospel.