Those who approach the sacrament of Penance, obtain the forgiveness of their sins, thanks to the mercy of God. At the same time, they Reconcile themselves with the Church -the Body of Christ-, to which -to whom-, they wounded with their sins. The sacrament is called also “of Conversion”, because sacramentally is the call from Jesus to be converted (Read Mark 1:15). It is called also “of the Penance” because consecrates a personal and ecclesial process of conversion, repentance and reparation by the sinner. It is called also “of the Confession” because is a process to declare or confess the sins to the priest. It is
called also “of the Pardon” because, by the sacramental absolution of the priest, God concedes to the penitent “the forgiveness and the peace”.
It is called also “of Reconciliation” because, grants to the sinner the love of God that reconciles: “be reconciled with God” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20).
It is the call from Jesus Christ to the reconciliation before the offering (your partaking in
the eucharist): “go first and reconcile with your brother, and then come and present your offering.”(Matthew 5:24). It is a sacrament of reconciliation after the baptism: “… you were washed, and sanctified to God. You have been freed from guilt in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (Read 1 Corinthians 6:11).
This is the greatness of the gift from God after the sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confession and Eucharist; that makes us saints and immaculate before him (Read Ephesians 1:4), as the same Church, wife of Christ, that is saint and immaculate before him (Read Ephesians 5:27).
Sin does not fit in “he who has been clothed with Christ” (Read Galatians 3:27). But, “If we say ‘we have no sin’, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (Read 1 John 1:8). And the same Lord tells us when teaching us the Our Father: “Forgive us our trespasses” (Read Luke 11:4). Therefore, it is necessary another sacrament to cleans us from the future sins after the sacraments of initiation, as the baptized continue fighting against the human fragility and the temptations that leads him to “incline himself to sin” (traditionally called: concupiscence).
This sacrament, that allows us to cleanse ourselves and reconcile ourselves again with God, is the Penance & Reconciliation (Read CCC 1425-1426).
In other words, there are two conversions:
(a) The First and Fundamental Conversion: For those who do not know Christ and his Gospel. By the faith in the Good News and by the Sacrament of Baptism, is the renunciation to evil and salvation, the remission of all sins and the gift of a new life, is attained (Read Mark 1:15; CCC 1427).
(b) The Second and Uninterrupted Conversion: Is for all the church that receives sinners, and that it is saint at the same time, and that it needs a constant purification, seeking unceasingly for penance and renewal. It is the “contrite heart” (Read Psalm 51:19) attracted and moved by the grace of God to respond to the merciful love of God, seeking to do his will, and please him with our deeds (Read CCC 1427-1428). This second uninterrup-
ted conversion is achieved by the “repentance” and the “confession of sins” through the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation; created like this, by God, a mechanism of purification and sanctification, that, if it is being done often, maintains the baptized united to Christ and in a state of permanent purification that is pleasant to God. In other words, it is like changing the oil to the car in a frequent manner, in this way, the engine functions always in its optimum point and with oil without dirt. If one does not change the oil, it comes the moment that the engine is so dirty that it locks up and stops working. Therefore, as a recordatory measure, one must go to confession, as minimum, one
time for each oil change. It is useless to drive a car with a clean oil and engine, if oneself is
dirty for all the accumulated sin carried within. It is ironic, but humanity worries more for
cleansing its car, than for cleansing its soul: “Oh unbelieving and perverse generation!
How long shall I stay with you and put up with you?” Luke 9:41 (Lee CIC 1422-1498).
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