1422Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
The Sacrament of Confession/Penance/Reconciliation, is probably the most under utilized sacrament the church offers to the people of God. Happily, more and more people are now experiencing this beautiful gift. There are some parishes in larger US cities that offer this sacrament twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!
The sacrament’s common name, for many, many years has been Confession. However, like most “nic-names” or abbreviations – it only tells people part of the story. Confession in fact, is not the actual sacrament being offered. Penance and Reconciliation are the gifts being given, confession is really just step one in the process.
We are all sinners- sometimes the sin is big (mortal), more often it’s not (venial). All sin hurts. It hurts us, it hurts family and friends, our community…most of all it hurts our relationship with God. You can’t love someone and do things that hurt them at the same time – you have to choose.
How blessed are we that our Lord foresaw our need and offered us a way back to Him – no matter what.
The Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation/Penance is offered at Good Shepherd Mission every Saturday from 4:00PM to 5:00PM and by appointment.
If you are not able to come for Confession during the regularly scheduled time, feel free to contact Fr. Forte at St. Benedict the Moor at 336-725-9200 ext. 0908 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org , to make an appointment.
To prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation/Penance, first spend some time doing an Examination of Conscience.