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an act of seeking expiation through another from guilt for a real or imagined transgression.


n in spiritual and psy-chological practice, a process of acknowledging, repenting, and seeking forgiveness for mistakes.

Patient discussion about confession

Q. How can I confess to my girlfriend that I am bipolar? Not that it really matters, since I cannot attract a woman to save my life, but I was wondering if there is ever a good time to say, "Hey, I am bipolar" and anticipate the reaction. As a bipolar man who is looking for some love and sex, how should I handle the topic, if at all?

A. Thanks JennJ. I think you're right about the group mentality. Thanks.

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Bishop Malloy also suggests that Catholics invite someone they might know who has been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation to take part in "Be Reconciled" March 21 or anytime during Lent.
In the Catholic context, the de facto neglect of the sacrament of reconciliation deprives the community of a shared center for experiencing the vision and the strength to become a counterforce to the evil that indirectly or directly disrupts our lives.
Just as in the sweat lodge where praying and fasting occur, Catholics are urged to do the same for the sacrament of reconciliation.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a penitent begins the confession of sins with: Father, bless me for I have sinned
I was saddened to see that many of my brother priests were instruments of discouragement in participation in the sacrament of reconciliation.
More fundamentally, does the decision not to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation indicate a basic refusal of self-transcendence of the hardened sinner, or is it an implicit judgment on the authenticity of the tradition and present authority?
In preparation of Christmas, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) will be offered at St.
Flader then posed the question what can be done to help people return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
This Holy Week, Pope Francis encourages bishops and priests to make themselves the concrete expressions of mercy as preached by the Church through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, welcoming each penitent with love, understanding, compassion and joy-like the father of the prodigal son-offering forgiveness, reconciliation and hope, regardless of whatever sins for which they will ask to be forgiven.
Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.
And on the other hand, [confession] is being undermined by the sometimes widespread idea that one can obtain forgiveness directly from God, even in a habitual way, without approaching the sacrament of reconciliation.