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healed and strengthened in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
(CCC 1440, 1849-1852, 1443-1445) 3. Only God is able to forgive sins. However, Jesus entrusted His own exercise of the power of
forgiving sins to His Apostles on Easter Sunday night. The Apostles handed on this power to
their successors, the bishops and to the priests who share in the ministry of the bishop.
(CCC 1441-1445, John 20:19-23, 1456, 1461, 1466) 4. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we can tell Jesus, in the person of the priest, that we are
sorry for our sins and receive His forgiveness. 5. There is mortal (deadly) and venial sin. Mortal sin is saying no to our friendship (a serious
disobedience to God’s laws of love) that destroys our friendship with Jesus (loss of sanctifying
grace). It results in the loss of charity . For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must be
present: serious matter, full knowledge of the evil act, and full consent of the will. Mortal sin
completely separates us from God. Venial sin is breaking a commandment in a less serious
matter that hurts our friendship with Jesus. (CCC 1855, 1857, 1855-1864). 6. The guaranteed way to be reconciled with God after committing a mortal sin is the Sacrament
When we are sorry and seek forgiveness through the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, God forgives us. Contrition is sorrow for sin and a firm commitment not to sin
again. (CCC 1496-1497, 1451, 1456) 7. A priest can never reveal what is heard in confession. There is no exception. This is called the
sacramental seal of Confession. (CCC 1467) 8. Five steps to make a good confession: (CCC 1491-94)
a. Pray to the Holy Spirit to help me know my sins in making an examination of
conscience. (CCC 1448, 1454)
b. Pray for the grace to be sorry for my sins (CCC 1448, 1451)
c. Contrition involves sorrow for sin and firm purpose to change.
d. Go to confession
• Make the Sign of the Cross.
• Tell my sins to the priest. (Each mortal sin must be confessed - trying to remember
the number of times the sin was committed). (CCC 1448) August 6th, 2009
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• e. 9. Listen to the guidance of the priest to help me break sinful habits.
Pray the Act of Contrition (with true sorrow and a firm purpose to change).
Prayerfully listen to the words of absolution:
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and the 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. Amen. (CCC 1449) After leaving the confessional, pray or do the penance the priest gives you and thank
God for forgiving your sins. The penance given by the priest is an act (such as a prayer
or an act of charity) whereby the sinner makes amends for sin, especially in reparation
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2013 for the course RELIGION Religion taught by Professor Hansel during the Fall '13 term at Pacelli High School, Stevens Point.
- Fall '13