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San Miguel Arcángel
Catholic Church

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San Miguel Arcángel
Catholic Church

Reconciliation

 

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This sacrament is also known as Penance or Confession.  For generations, reconciliation was welcomed by Catholics, who were troubled and had a heavy heart.  Over time, this sacrament has become less and less popular. Many individuals do not want to divulge their sins to a priest; others want to skip the middleman and confess to God directly; and then there are Catholics who partake in this sacrament on a regular basis with enthusiasm and conviction.The sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament in which the priest acts “in Persona Christi”, in other words, he is sitting there in the Person of Christ. He is acting as an agent of God and forgives sins committed after Baptism.  However, the sinner must be heartily sorry for their sins, sincerely confess them and to make amends for them. This sacrament is absolutely confidential. The priest is bound by an oath to keep this sacramental seal even under danger of death.

Humanity was redeemed from sin and from the consequences of his sin, especially from eternal death, by Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross. On Easter Sunday evening Jesus appeared to the Apostles in the Upper Room.  The Apostles shrank back and stared in fear and dawning hope, he spoke to them reassuringly calming their fears and awakening their hope.

St. John says it very well in John 10:19-23:  Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, ‘Peace be to you!’ And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. He therefore said to them again, ‘Peace be to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.’ These words are extremely eloquent and indisputable.Sacrament of Reconciliation (Sacramento de Reconciliacion): Wed – Sat @ 5pm or by appointment.