Sacraments of healing

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  • 1. Different Names  Confession- it stresses the importance of acknowledging our sins while asking for God’s forgiving grace.
  • 2. Different Names Sacrament of Penance- it emphasizes the whole process of conversion.  Sacrament of Reconciliation- it brings out the inner relationship between being reconciled with God and neighbors. 
  • 3. Purpose “Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for offenses committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, example and prayer, labor for their conversion.” conversion
  • 4. Effects  Reconciliation with God and the Christian community.  Find a useful remedy for venial sins  Drawing strength to overcome our daily weakness  Gain the full freedom of the children of God
  • 5. What does the Church say about the Sacrament of Reconciliation?      We are sinners. We need the mercy of God our Father who sent His Son to save us and the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. God’s mercy, always available to us, comes through Christ, the Church and the priest. God calls us to “conversion”. The closer intimacy with Christ and reintegration in the Church community effected in confession finds a natural completion in the Eucharistic celebration.
  • 6. The Notion of Sickness  While sickness is not usually directly related to a specific sin, they are related in amore general way. Sickness is the concrete sign of the presence of evil in the world. Since sickness weakens us, it shows our helplessness and our need for care and support.
  • 7. The Christian Attitude to Sickness/ Suffering 1. It is part of God’s providence (our strength to overcome sufferings and perseverance in our struggles) that we should struggle against all sickness and carefully seek the blessings of good health so that we can fulfill our role in human society and the Church.
  • 8. The Christian Attitude to Sickness/ Suffering 2. We realize sickness as a sign not of a particular personal sin, but of the oppressive presence of evil in our human situation 3. All those who are seriously ill need the special help of God’s grace. 4. Our sufferings can take on creative, saving, and transforming meaning and value by joining our sufferings with Christ’s.