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"Those who approach the Sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example and by prayer labors for their conversion." CCC, 1422
What is this Sacrament called?
The Sacrament of Conversion: It makes sacramentally present Jesus' call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.
The Sacrament of Penance: It consecrates the Christian sinner's personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.
The Sacrament of Confession: It is the disclosure of the confession of sins to a priest which is an essential element of this Sacrament. In a profound sense, it is also a confession or acknowledgement and praise of the holiness of God and of His mercy toward sinful man.
The Sacrament of Forgiveness: By the priest's sacramental absolution, God grants the penitent "pardon and peace."
The Sacrament of Reconciliation: It imparts to the sinner the life 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."