Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?
Out of his great love, Jesus instituted this sacrament through which a sinner
who is sorry receives pardon and peace and is restored to the fullness of grace
Confession is a very intimate experience. Even in a communal reconciliation
service that you might attend during Advent, Lent or a retreat, individual confessions
The Catholic Church maintains, however, that there is also a social aspect
to sin. Sin not only affects our relationship with God, sin also alienates us
from other people and the Church.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus provides us with a way of being reconciled
to God and to those we've hurt, and to be strengthened in our connection to
God's entire family. This is more than symbolic; it is spiritual reality expressed
Human beings need rituals and ceremonies to celebrate the important moments
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