The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful of the Sacraments. It is one of the two Sacraments of Healing, the other being Anointing of the Sick. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established this Sacrament, so that we, as sinners, can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The Sacrament washes us clean, once we are truly contrite, and renews us in Christ.
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit, for those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven and those whose sins you retain, they are retained.” John 20: 21-23
A number of people are surprised about how free they feel after receiving this Sacrament. They describe incredible feelings of peace, joy, relief and love that they never expected. Jesus is calling each of us to experience His mercy in this Sacrament, to receive sanctifying grace to be able to say “yes “ to Him and “no”, to sin. We should try to receive this Sacrament at least once a month but the Church teaches that you should go at least once a year.
Pope Francis said about Confession; “Every time we go to Confession, God embraces us. God rejoices.”