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Sacraments of Healing: Reconcilliation

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Confession, also called reconciliation or penance, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the acknowledgment of sinfulness in public or private, regarded as necessary to obtain divine forgiveness.

Catholics Come Home

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.


According to Fr. Clifford Hennings, celebrating sacramental reconciliation is not a fearful action, but one of hope and longing.

Reconciliation is a hotly contested aspect of the Catholic Church. What is Reconciliation? Why can't we just ask God for forgiveness?

What is confession?

Catechism of the Catholic Church


St Agatha's Catholic Church

This sacrament is a sign and experience of God’s unconditional forgiveness. We are called to be one people united with Christ and one another.

The sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Penance and Confession, among other names. (There is an explanation of some of these names in the Catechism's section on the sacrament of Reconciliation.)

Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay

Reconciliation (officially called the Sacrament of Penance, and also known as Confession) is a Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in his love and mercy to offer us forgiveness for the times we have sinned and turned away from God. At the same time, we are reconciled with the Church because it is also wounded by our sins.

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