Missionary Moment: Reconciliation (Part 3)
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!