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Chapter 18. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: God Is Rich in Mercy

In this Sacrament of Healing we are Reconciled to God and the Church (CCC, nos. 1420-1498)


Through the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, we receive the new life of Christ. But the weakness of our human nature and our inclination to sin continues to remain and affect our lives. The Church offers us the Sacraments of Healing to assist in the daily journey of conversion and reconciliation.

During his earthly ministry, Jesus forgave sins and healed those who were physically and spiritually broken. Those he forgave were healed, renewed in faith and restored to health of spirit, mind and body. The Church continues even today, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the healing work of Jesus Christ. This is the purpose of the two Sacraments of Healing: the Sacrament of Penance and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.


Lesson of Faith: Saint Augustine of Hippo




Saint Augustine

Read about the life of St Augustine on the Encyclopedia of Philosophy website.


The Augustinians

Browse through the Augustinians website for information on the followers of St Augustine.


The Rite of Reconciliation

Explore this web page that gives guidance on celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


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