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Introduction Many people have questions about the Sacrament of Penance. This list has been prepared in order to try to respond to the most common of them. It does not deal with questions about the actual structure of the Sacrament of Penance, which is described in the companion resource, “Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” …

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This picture shows the process and steps involved in the sacrament of Confession. It's been ages since I've gone to Confession, so it's nice to have a refresher guide.

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"Sacraments 101: Penance" - Why do we have to confess our sins to a priest? Can't we just pray to God for forgiveness? If I sin but no one is affected then can I say, "no harm, no foul?" The Sacrament of Penance (aka Reconciliation) is one of the healing sacraments, and celebrates the loving embrace of God when we turn toward him and away form our sins.

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Want to be in a right relationship with God? If so, we need the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which cleans our soul and restores us to friendship with God. Source: The Catholic Study Fellowship.

Hence the Council of Trent anathematises all who teach "that for remission of sins in the Sacrament of Penance it is not necessary jure divino that all and every mortal sin be confessed of which a man is conscious after faithful and diligent search." (Sess. XIV. can. 7.)

The Sacrament of Penance, commonly called Confession, is one of the 7 sacraments recognized by the Catholic Church.We believe that all of the sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ himself. In the case of Confession, that institution occurred on Easter Sunday, when Christ appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection. Breathing on them, he said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” John…

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