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.
An excerpt from Freedom and Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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