Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Our Roman Catholic Church was gifted Seven Sacraments {the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders)}, instituted by Christ to give divine grace. We cannot “see” God’s grace. We refer to this gracious gift of redemption, through the death and Resurrection of His Son, as grace because it is the free and loving gift by which He offers people a share in His life, His favor and His will for our eternal salvation. Through God’s grace we are given the strength to try to imitate Christ in our daily lives.
Please enjoy this explanation of the Sacrament of Penance by Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Brennan-Joseph Farleo, OFM Conv., who serves in pastoral ministry at our Franciscan Church of the Assumption, in Syracuse, NY. With the assistance of the pastor there, our own Fr. Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv., he has created this clear video on the Sacrament of Penance {also referred to as the Sacrament of Reconciliation or the Sacrament of Confession – reflecting the three stages of the Sacrament. We “confess” our sins, receive a “penance” with absolution for those sins, and are then “reconciled” with God as we strive to sin no more}. Not only does this merciful sacrament free us from our sins but it also challenges us to forgive others. As our bishops state on the USCCB website: We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” 

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