Scripture tells us that Jesus not only instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
“And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'” (John 20:22-23)
but that He also emphasized the importance of confessing our sins:
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
However, many Catholics find the thought of going to Confession to be nerve-wracking. Some go years or even decades without participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, often out of fear, embarrassment or simply because they don’t remember how.
If it’s been a while since your last Confession and you need a pep-talk or a refresher, check out some of the links below. And remember, your sins don’t define you, but they can enslave you (John 8:34). Christ wants you to be free and the door to Reconciliation is always open.Read more