Participating in the Sacrament of Penance
This Lent, the Diocese of Rockford is promoting the participation in the Sacrament of Penance through their "Be Reconciled" campaign. If you have been reluctant to come to the sacrament, have been away for some time, or just find it difficult to get to a confession time, this is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Christ and his Church.
What is Reconciliation?
Reconciliation (also known as confession or Penance) is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in his love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church, because it is also wounded by our sins.
Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people, and God. In Reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins before God and his Church. We express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done, and resolve to do better in the future.
Haven't Been to Confession in a While?
Haven't been to confession in a while? Interested, but worry you don't remember how to give a good confession? No problem. Below are some resources for helpful "how-to" guidance.
- God's Gift of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
- The Observer: Lighten Your Heart, Cleans Your Soul: How-To Guide to Confession
- Lighten Your Heart, Cleanse Your Soul: Invitation to the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation
- Penance: Reconciled to Right Relationship, Called to Heal and Restore
- Question and Answer on the Sacrament of Penance
- Confession: Celebration of Mercy, Not Trial Before Prosecution
- Why Do Catholics Go To Confession?