SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Sacrament of Reconcilliation
God loves all humanity. He delights in us. He never loses faith in us, even though we may lose faith in ourselves. He never ceases to love us, even though we may have turned our back on him and tried to reject him and his Church. God’s mercy is endless, and it gives him joy to take away our sins.
When you celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, then, think more of God and his mercy than of your sins. Your very wish to celebrate it, and the effort you make to do so, are signs that God’s love is already enfolding you and his grace is at work in you.
In preparation, therefore, let the thought of God’s love and compassion fill you and give you heart. No life is so ruined that God cannot build it up again; no heart so withered that he cannot refresh it and make it young again.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
As you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, begin not by thinking about your own life but about the life and words of Jesus. It is good to have a standard against which to measure your life and the kind of person you are. Jesus provides the standard for us Christians. He loved God and his neighbour with a love beyond all.
Act of Sorrow
O my God, I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you.
Help me live like Jesus and not sin again.