…There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
By nature, human beings are good. People are also imperfect and wounded by sin. God’s grace and mercy are bigger than even our worst weaknesses and sins. God is always seeking us out and offering us healing grace, mercy, and unconditional love. All we have to do is ask for it in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Remember, every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Experiencing the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Examination of Conscience and Act of Contrition
How to Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Examine your conscience. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in being honest with yourself, the priest who will be hearing your confession, and especially with God.
- In the Reconciliation room the priest will greet you and invite you to make the Sign of the Cross. He may read from Scripture. Tell him how long it has been since your last confession (days, weeks, months, years).
- Confess your sins.
- The priest may offer you some advice and will give you a penance, which is a way to atone for sins and to grow in Christian living.
- Say an Act of Contrition
- The priest will give you absolution and dismiss you to go in peace.