“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’” –John 20:21-23
The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is offered regularly one half hour before all Masses or by appointment. If it has been a long time since your last confession, please know that the priest is there as a representative of the Merciful Jesus. “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)
To make a meaningful confession, we must prepare by examining our conscience. This simply means that we review our past thoughts, words, actions and intentions so that we will be able speak with the priest about our sins. The depth and nature of this examination will vary with our age and stage in life. The Archdiocesan website has some resources to assist us in this beautiful practice.
For a short video reflection on the Sacrament of Reconciliation by Archbishop Smith, please see: https://vimeo.com/222546720.