After saying this he breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, for those whose sins you retrain, they are retained.”
Also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confession is a sign and experience of God’s unconditional forgiveness.
Reconciliation is a sacrament which can be celebrated repeatedly throughout one’s life, and indeed Catholics are encouraged to receive this sacrament frequently. The Church suggests regularly confessing our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, at least once a year during the Easter Season.
The Blessings in Frequent Confession
There are many blessings in frequent confession (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1425-1498). Among such blessings are the following:
- It restores divine life to those who have lost it through mortal sin;
- It increases grace and one’s capacity for grace and helps one to grow in Christian maturity;
- It brings order and peace into one’s life by causing one to pause at regular intervals and ask oneself the all-important question: Where am I in my relationship with God?
- It improves personal relations with others by making one aware of attitudes and actions that cause pain to others;
- It motivates one to practice the basic Christian virtues: faith, hope, charity, humility, self-denial, repentance, detachment from the pagan ways of modern life.
In our parish Catholic children usually make their First Reconciliation at School year 3. They prepare for this through the Children’s Sacramental Programme which includes preparation for holy Communion.
More information on the Catechesis page.
If you are unsure how to go to Confession …
Sometimes, people hesitate to go to confession because they have forgotten how to do so. This guide should help you.