Reconciliation, Confession, Penance – Why do I need this??
Often times, we hear people ask why we need to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So often, people avoid this sacrament out of fear, confusion, or disinterest. Today, Vince and Father Andy investigate the importance of this Sacrament and hope to inspire you to attend this Sacrament regularly.
Links and Notes:
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” – John 20:22-23 NABRE
“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.”Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Is the apostolic pardon the same as the anointing of the sick?
The anointing of the sick is the sacrament given to those who are seriously ill.
The Apostolic Pardon is blessing with an indulgence that happens at the conclusion of the anointing of the sick if the recipient is in danger of death. The usual process is confession then anointing of the sick, and it is concluded with the Apostolic Pardon. While confession forgives the eternal punishment for sin, the indulgence attached to the Apostolic Pardon forgives temporal punishment due to sin.
The words of the blessing said by the priest for the Apostolic Pardon are:
“By the authority which the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a full pardon and the remission of all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”Apostolic Pardon