The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and we find God’s unconditional love and forgiveness; as a result, we are called to love and forgive others.
Through this sacrament we crawl back to our baptism, always beginning our Christian life anew. Frequent celebration (such as monthly) strengthens our resolve to sin no more, deepens our friendship with God who is all merciful, and sensitizes our consciences to the movement of grace, that is the Holy Spirit with us.
Every Catholic should celebrate this sacrament at least twice a year—during the Advent and Lenten Seasons, before Christmas and Easter