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Examinations of Conscience

A review of ones personal life through a series of questions about how well we have responded to God's call


Another name for the sacrament of Reconciliation

To Be Sorry

The meaning of the word "repent"

Coming Back Together

The meaning of the word "reconciliation"


The release from the guilt of sins, given by a priest or bishop by the power of God

The Community

One of the primary symbols in the sacrament of Reconciliation


The primary means of reconciliation between sinners and God in the early Church

Seal of Confession

A term that underlies the confifentiality of confession

Personal Sin Alienation

actions, thoughts, words, or deeds that alienate us from ourselves, others and God


means "deadly"

Priest representation in Reconciliation

in order to make a good confession you have to honestly face the sin first. you then share the sin with a priest who represents both God and the whole Christian community

People seek forgiveness for..

people do not seek forgiveness "in general" or resolve to change "in general." They name specific attitudes and behaviors that they find to be trouble spots in their relationships with God and others

Point of the parable of the prodigal son

God's loving forgiveness is always present, always offered; but to experience God's forgiveness, we must make a turnaround, acknowledging that we have sinned, are sorry for it, and want to change. This conversion is celebrated in the sacrament of Reconciliation

How to experience God's forgiveness

you can do this by acknowledging your sins. experiencing forgiveness can be profoundly healing and a great help to growth in Christian maturity and love

The best way a person can show genuine repentance for sins

through prayer, deeds of kindness, sacrifices, and good intentions

The role of the priest, who represents God and the Church in Reconciliation

reminds you of God's enduring love for us. you confess your sins to him


1. a person can sin simply by not speaking up against another's sin.

2. a conversion of heart comes about through the holy spirit at work in us.

3. sin always involves the harming of a relationship.

4. the priest is bound not to tell what he hears in confession, EVEN in the case of murder.

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