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Reflections on the beauty of our Faith from our parish missionary...

Here are some AWESOME things about Reconciliation:
■  A priest is NEVER allowed to tell your sins to anyone outside of the confessional, even you. This is called the Seal of the Confessional. If a priest breaks the Seal, he excommunicates himself.
■  Nearly all priests have a grace from God that allows them to forget your sins when you walk out of the confessional.
■  The priest doesn’t forgive you. God does.
■  Catholics are required by the Church to go to Reconciliation at least once a year (but at least once a month is recommended)
■  Sins can only be forgiven if you have contrition—if you are sorry.
■  A sin can only be forgiven if you truly are going to try to never commit that sin again.
■  You are only forgiven if the Words of Absolution are spoken: “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
■  Doing your penance is EXTREMELY important, but not required for forgiveness.
■  Walk out smiling! You were just forgiven!

God bless,
Jessica