The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
Penance and Reconciliation is the name of the Church sacrament, by which sins, committed after Baptism, are forgiven. By accepting this sacrament, we are constantly answering God‘s call, „Convert and believe in the Gospel.“
Whoever sins, damages honor and love to God, as well as his own dignity as a person called to be a child of God. The spiritual welfare of the Church is also harmed. The Church teaches that by accepting the sacrament of Penance or Reconcialition, God mercifully forgives transgressions against Him. Through this sacrament, we are the repentant, reconciled with the Church community, which was hurt by our transgressions. The Church, with its love, example and prayers helps us to change.
Christ gave the power to forgive sins to the Apostles and their successors. The Church, with its prayer, life and actions always remains a sign and a tool of forgiveness and change. Priests are the only people granted the power by the Church authorities to forgive sins in the name of Christ. Whoever wants to reconcile with God and the Church, has to confess all serious sins which have not been confessed. That involves preparation, and some deep introspection. The Church recommends confessing even less serious sins. Personal confession and the absolution given is the only way for the faithful to reconcile with God and the Church.