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