"You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor 6:11
What is Reconciliation?
Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance, is a sacrament in which the priest, as the agent of God, forgives sins committed after Baptism, when the sinner is heartily sorry for them, sincerely confesses them, and is willing to make satisfaction for them. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in His presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins.
Why is Reconciliation important?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is important because it frees us from our past sins and helps us to make up for wrongs done to others and ourselves. There is no substitute for the peace of mind and soul which this sacrament imparts to us. It is a peace that flows from a certainty, rather than from an unsure hope, that our sins have been forgiven and that we are right with God.
Who can go to Reconciliation?
Baptized Catholics of a reasonable age can go to Reconciliation. Traditionally, children around the age of 7 can receive preparation for their First Confession. Those aware of committing serious sins should go to confession before receiving the Holy Eucharist.
And the Lord himself taught us to pray: "Forgive us our trespasses," Lk 11:4; Mt 6:12 linking our forgiveness of one another's offenses to the forgiveness of our sins that God will grant us. CCC 1425