Penance and Reconciliation

Drawing of man holding head on hand being comforted by Jesus


"Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession,”

- Pope Francis

Catholics are encouraged to frequently receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order that they might be well disposed to receive the other sacraments in a state of grace.


Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communication with him.  At the same time it damages communication with the Church.  For this reason conversion entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of penance. (CCC 1440)


Christ instituted the sacrament of penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin and thus have lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion.  It is to them that the sacrament of penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. (CCC 1446)