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  • The Sacraments of Healing

    We are still in our earthly tent, subject to suffering, illness and death. This new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin.

    The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his works of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two Sacraments of healing: the sacraments of Penance and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.(CCC. 1420-21)

  • SACRAMENTS OF HEALING:

    RECONCILIATION aka Confession

  • Sin and Its Effects

    Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from Gods mercy for the offence committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins. (CCC. 1422)

    Why is it that sin not only offend God but also wound the Church, the body of Christ, the community of believers?

    Is not Sin something that is personal and private? Something between me and God?

  • What is SIN?

  • Sin and its consequences

    Sin is a rupture of communion with God and it damages communion with the Church. In other words, it is a rejection of Gods love and his call to live a life of love and union with God and the Church.

    It is the rejection of the two fold commands of God to love God with all your heart, with all your strength, with all soul and with all your mind; and to love your neighbour as yourself.

  • Why the Church and Who is the Church?

    We are baptized into one body in a single Spirit, Jews as well as Greeks, Slaves as well as free men. We are given the same Spirit to drink. Indeed, the body consist not of one member but manyif one part is hurt, all part share its pain. And if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy.

    (1 Cor 12: 13-14; 26)

  • The Social Dimension of SinThe Church represent the communion of believers whose unity and life is bound up together by a shared faith (believing in the One God), vision (life eternal, the heavenly Banquet), call (to holiness) and life (informed and guided by the teaching of Christ and the Magisterium)When a person sinned, even if the sin do not hurt another person, it hurt the sinners communion with the community of believers which the Church represent the shared faith, vision, call and life.Hence, all sins are social it does not affect me alone but also my communion with God and the Church which I belongs.

  • Where did the Church get her Power to Forgives Sin?

    From Christ Himself:he said to them again, 'Peace be with you. 'As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.' After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone's sins, they are retained. (John 20:21-23 )

    See also Mt 16:18-19, Mt 18:18

  • Does this means that the Church forgives Sin? I thought only God has the Power to forgives sin.

    Only God can forgives sin. However, Jesus Christ has entrusted the power of absolution to the apostles, and the apostles are sent on behalf of Christ to reconcile sinners to God. (CCC. 1441-2)

    In other words, when a priest is saying the formula of absolution, he is standing in the place of Christ (in persona Christi) but it is God who forgives the sinner through the Priest.

  • The Different kinds of Sins and their Gravity

    Mortal Sin: a grave violation of Gods law, turns man away from God. It is the total rejection of God and his saving grace. For a sin to be mortal: it must be a grave matter, and the person who commit the sin has full knowledge of the nature of that sin, and yet freely and deliberately choose to commit the offend. 1. Grave matter, 2. Full knowledge, and 3. free and full consent

    Grave Sin: It is grave matter but the person who committed them did not fulfill the second and/or third criteria of Mortal Sin.

    Venial sin: object of the offense is of a less serious nature; and the person who committed the sin did so without full knowledge and/or full consent.

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    We are required to avail ourselves to this Sacrament at least once a year. Through this sacrament, we renew our love relationship with God and the community as we, with the assurance and help of the priest:

    Celebrate Gods forgiving love;Make peace with the community;Receive help (Grace) to live a better life;Are drawn closer to God.

  • Examine Your Conscience before Confession

    Your Relationship with GodYour Relationship with familyYour Relationship with relatives, friends and neighbourHow do you treat yourself?

    In what area(s) has these relationship been broken by your actions?

  • What are needed for a Confession to be Valid

    Remorse/Contrition for Yours Sin Out of Love for God rather then fear of Punishment

    Repentant - desire to change ones former sinful way of Life

    The desire for to Make Amend/Satisfaction Absolution takes away sin, but it does not remedy all the disorders sin has caused. The sinner must still recover his full spiritual heath by doing something more to make amends for the sin: he must make satisfaction for or expiate his sinsin the form of Penance.

  • Effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

    The Whole power of the Sacrament of Penance consist in restoring us to Gods grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendshipFor those who receive the Sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation. (CCC.1468)