Sacrament of Penance (Confession)

On the Sunday evening of the resurrection, Jesus quite alive entered the Upper Room through locked doors. “Peace be with you”, He said,. “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them. Whose sins you retain are retained”.Herein Our Lord gives to the Apostles his own power over  sin. An what a divine gift is given,. When offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as Bishops and priest say,  “And I absolve you” it is Jesus who takes away  whatever sin rests within  the soul; it is Jesus who imparts that inner peace which only God can give..  

 "The Sacrament of Penance must be seen within the context of conversion from sin and a turn to God. Peter wept bitterly over his triple denial of Christ but received the grace of conversion and expressed it with a threefold confession of love for Jesus (cf. Lk 22:54-62; Jn 21:15-19). Paul was converted from persecuting Christians to becoming one of the greatest disciples of Christ who ever lived (cf. Acts 9:1-31). These moments of conversion were only the beginning of their lifelong commitment to living in fidelity to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 Sin harms our relationship with God and damages our communion with the Church. Conversion of heart is the beginning of our journey back to God. Liturgically this happens in the Sacrament of Penance. In the history of the Church, this Sacrament has been celebrated in different ways. Beneath the changes, there have always been two essentials: the acts of the penitent and the acts of Christ through the ministry of the Church. Both go hand in hand. Conversion must involve a change of heart as well as a change of actions. Neither is possible without God's grace."

 —From United States Conference of Catholic Bishops