Reconciliation, also called Confession or Penance, is a social sacrament.
Even though we are called to live as images of Christ and share in his life, we are
nonetheless human and subject to temptation and sin. Sin disrupts the relationships
between ourselves and God as well as each other and if serious enough can even
cause spiritual death. Healing and forgiveness are extremely important to healthy life
God in his wisdom and mercy realizes this and has provided a means to heal any rifts in
our relationships. So important is this that St Luke tells us that Jesus' mission is "to give
his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins." (Lk 1:77).
The symbol used is the words of Absolution.
Click here for the Diocesan Norms for the Sacraments of Christian Initiation and First
Preview the trailer for "Reconciliation - One 'Ohana", a video for catechesis on
Reconciliation Click here for the full video.