Sacrament of Reconciliation

Behold, "it's a God who is waiting at the door of your heart, a God who is all yours."*

A Guide to Confession: A Guide to the Sacrament of Confession

Examination of Conscience: *The Ten Commandments/

Special: *Sacrilegious Communion/

Boundless Trust: *A Priest as a God-sent Compassionate Listener/

Further References: *Reconciling with God/ *Further Reference/*A Comprehensive Summary/

Stark Reality: *Our Lady's Tears/ *Hell/

An Effective Prayer: *The Three Hail Marys/

* This quote is taken from Gabrielle Bossis's spiritual classic entitled He and I, trans. from Lui et Moi (Paris, France; and Sherbrooke, Quebec: Les Editions Paulines, 1985) p. 261. There is a similar quote from the Holy Scriptures in which Jesus says most intimately: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20)

** The background hymn is called "Let Heaven Rejoice". Indeed, "there is rejoicing among angels of God over one repentant sinner." (Lk 15:10) In fact, "there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous persons who have no need of repentance." (Lk 15:7) As we are all not perfectly holy yet and may need repentance in one or more areas (at least in the area of pride), let us make God, all the Holy Angels and Saints, as well as the Queen of all the Holy Angels and Saints always rejoice. Alleluia!

*** A Spiritual Insight: As we know, the Sacrament of Confession or Reconciliation with God (and with each other too) is such a great gift of God that only the devil would want to destroy it. It is something to embrace with the greatest of trust, enthusiasm and joy, and not something to be in the slightest of ways afraid of. Together with the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the majority of all depressions in the world would disappear if people would wisely take advantage of these two immense Gifts of Agape (i.e., Love of God). To help promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is so much neglected but yet very much in need still by most of us, let us share with others our wonderful experience with this Sacrament of forgiveness, love and healing of relationships (with God, others and ourselves).