“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
The Sacrament of Penance also is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many popularly refer to as Confession.
The Sacrament of Penance make available divine mercy. Indeed, God is merciful and eagerly desires for us to lay claim to His mercy.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
“’Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.’”
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday 3:00P – 4:00P and priests always are eager to make this Sacrament of available upon request.
Steps for Making A Good Confession
Make the Sign of the Cross.
“Bless me Father for I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last Confession.”
State your sins simply and clearly.
Listen to whatever counsel the priest might offer. If you do not understand, ask.
Do your penance as soon as possible.
Pray aloud the Act of Contrition. Here is an example: “Lord Jesus Christ, Have Mercy on Me.”
Acting in the person of Christ (alter Christus), the priest forgives your sins.
“God esteems repentance so highly that the slightest repentance in the world so long as it is genuine cause Him to forge any kind of sin, so that even the devils would have all their sins forgiven if only they could have remorse”
Francis de Sales (d. 1622)
“After a fall, stand up right away! Do not leave sin in your heart for even a moment!”