The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments
Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social
Teaching I En EspanolExamination of Conscience for Children
Examination of Conscience for Young Adults
Examination of Conscience for Single People
Examination of Conscience for Married Persons
Reconciliation is a repeatable sacrament of healing.
1. The penitent examines conscience so that all serious sin is confessed.
2. Confession of venial sins is optional but vital for growth in holiness.
3. The penitent’s contrition may be imperfect (fear of eternal punishment) or perfect (love of God alone).
4. The penitent is called to have a firm purpose of amendment; sacrament is not a license to sin again.
5. Absolution can be conferred by a priest or bishop.
6. The absolver acts “in persona Christi”; it is Christ Who forgives.
7 A penitent’s confession is perpetually confidential; the seal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is absolute.
Effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
1. All sins are forgiven and guilt is wiped away so that the soul returns to the grace of God.
2. Penitent is reconciled to the Church, Body of Christ, wounded by any/all sinful acts.
3. Penitent grows in holiness through the grace of the sacrament (benefit of frequent confession even of venial sins).
4. The penitent is strengthened against weakness and receives help to avoid temptation and occasions of sin.