Sin & Confession

"Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."  

~John 20:21-23


It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus' call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin. 

It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner's personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction. 

It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a "confession" - acknowledgment and praise - of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man. 

It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest's sacramental absolution God grants the penitent "pardon and peace."

It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: "Be reconciled to God." He who lives by God's merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord's call: "Go; first be reconciled to your brother."

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1423-1424

Catholic Answers Live: Questions About Sin & Confession

Videos: Catholic Answers staff answer caller questions about sin and confession.

Confession: God's Mercy & Grace in Abundance!

The Origin and Importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

**Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, June 2018**
A FreeTruth Video Presentation on YouTube, Hosted by Jocelyne (36 minutes): Explore the origin and importance of the Catholic Sacrament of Confession through a short Bible study, followed by a brief explanation on the nature of sin, and a personal testimony on the power of God's life-changing grace, obtained through the Sacrament.
Here's a link to the accompanying handout, including a chart that compares confession in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible:
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Drugs, Marijuana, and Alcohol: A Catholic Teaching on Intoxication

Dr. Taylor Marshall provides a Catholic perspective on the sin of intoxication.

Examen Prayer - A Daily Examination of Conscience

Ignatian spirituality . com

This page, devoted to the Examen Prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola is filled with great information and resources! 
Here is a link to a prayer card that outlines a simple 5-step method to praying the Daily Examen

Extreme Demands, Extreme Mercy - Bishop Robert Barron

**Andy's Resource-of-the-Month: March 2017**
YouTube Video: Bishop Barron comments on the high moral bar that the Church sets for us, but also underscores God's bountiful mercy! "Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect."

Father Mike Schmitz on Sin & Confession

YouTube Videos: Father Michael Schmitz, of Ascension Presents, addresses sin and confession.

Good Confession .com is an outreach of Whether you frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation or you have been away from Confession for years, we are here to provide you with easy-to-read and easy-to-use resources to help you learn about the sacrament, understand how to go to Confession, and, most importantly, learn how practically to live out the priest’s words in the confessional to “go and sin no more.”

Inside the Pages - The 7 Secrets of Confession with Vinny Flynn

An audio interview on YouTube by Discerning Hearts with Vinny Flynn about his book: "The 7 Secrets of Confession." In this interview, Vinny Flynn gives an overview of his book and shares insights concerning the Sacrament of Confession.

"Seven Deadly Sins; Seven Lively Virtues" - Bishop Barron

YouTube Video: Bishop Robert Barron discusses the seven deadly sins and the seven lively virtues.

The Healing Power of Confession - Dr. Scott Hahn

**Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month: March 2017**
YouTube Audio, 3 parts: Dr. Hahn overviews the biblical and theological foundation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and offers personal testimony on its healing effects. 

The Ministry of Exorcisms-Father Gary Thomas

A Utube video by Fr Gary Thomas explaining the Rite of Exorcism. and how it relates to the 7 Sacraments.

What Constitutes a Practicing Catholic?

Ascension Presents on YouTube: Do you know what makes someone a "practicing" Catholic? Fr. Mike Schmitz addresses this topic.