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Reconciliation In These Days

In these days, it’s not really feasible to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation safely. But let us not despair of God’s mercy.

Recently, Pope Francis reminded us of a long-standing principle of the Church – perfect contrition. The Pope said:

“You do what the Catechism says. It is very clear:

if you do not find a priest to hear your confession, speak to God,

he is your father, and tell him the truth.

Enumerate your sins, ask the Lord for forgiveness with all your heart, and make an act of contrition.

Promise him: ‘Later I will confess, but forgive me now.’

And immediately you will return to the grace of God.”

So if you feel you are suffering under grave sin and do not have access to a priest:

  1. Speak to God, express your love for Him and His Son
  2. Pray for genuine, loving contrition for your sins
  3. Enumerate your sins
  4. Ask for forgiveness for your sins
  5. Say an Act of Contrition
  6. Promise with true intention to confess your sins to a priest, whom God has placed here for you, as soon as you are able, so that you might be healed and fully reconciled.

In that spirit, we celebrated a special Liturgy of Reconciliation in Holy Week 2020. It runs for 25 mins and will take you through an examination of conscience and an Act of Perfect Contrition.

You can watch the Liturgy here:

Examination of Conscience

Like the Prodigal Son, we are called to reflect on our lives and ask God to forgive us for those specific times when we failed in love. To help with that reflection in preparation for an act of perfect contrition and (in time) the Sacrament of Reconciliation, here are some sample Examinations of Conscience that can be downloaded and used.

A Contemporary Guide for Examining Your Conscience

Examination of Conscience – Word on Fire