"On the evening of that day, the first day of the week," Jesus showed Himself to His apostles. "He breathed on them and said to them: 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'" (John 20: 19, 22-23)
The forgiveness of sins, committed after Baptism, is offered to us by a loving and merciful God through a sacrament called by a number of names: the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance or reconciliation. Each name identifies a grace and gift that flows to those who in humility confess their wrongdoings before God.
When we sin, we wound our relationship to God; we diminish our own human integrity as a child of God, and we undermine the spiritual well-being of the Church. Therefore, it is necessary for us to seek the mercy and forgiveness of a God who loves us deeply and wants to restore us to His love and the love of the community of faith, the Church.
Times for Reconciliation
Information about General Absolution
Resources for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Examinations of Conscience