THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."4 CCC 1422
Other names for this Sacrament
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is often referred to as the:
- Sacrament of Penance since it calls the sinner personally to repentance.
- Sacrament of Confession since in confessing our sins we acknowledge the need for God and we praise His loving mercy.
- Sacrament of Forgiveness since absolution grants us pardon and peace.
- Sacrament of Conversion because it has the capacity to change our hearts.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation because it imparts to each of us the love of God who heals and reconciles us to God himself, to the Church, and to our loved ones. Regardless of the name, the purpose is the same, to receive the grace of God’s mercy by the acknowledgement of our sinfulness, and the desire to reconcile ourselves to God and the Church through prayer and action.