“Those who are well have no need of a doctor, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
This is one of the sacraments of healing. Going to confession is one of the greatest graces we can receive again and again during our earthly lives. Receiving absolution renews the soul and equips us with new strength.
Jesus instituted the sacrament of Penance when he appeared to the apostles and said “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (Jn 20: 22 – 23)
In modern times penance (also referred to as Confessions) is quite often misunderstood. Penance is not about being chastised or worrying about how bad a person I am. The sacrament of Penance is grace from God that frees us from the shackles of our previous sins and encourages us to make a new start.
Penance requires three conditions on the part of the penitent:
- Contrition (the heartfelt sorrow for our sins after thorough examination of conscience);
- Confession (naming our sins to a priest or bishop);
- Satisfaction (doing the penance given to us by the priest or bishop).
Confessions take place in our parish every Friday at 7pm.