Search the Gospels. Forgiveness often initiated the journey of discipleship. Forgiveness was needed and offered along the way. (Think Peter!) Sometimes forgiveness came with one’s closing breath (the good thief). So too today, our Savior offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation whenever we need it, a priceless gift that allows sinners to get things off their chests, to encounter God’s forgiving love, and to sacramentalize conversion and a new life. Through this sacrament, the Lord can also provide assistance in forgiving deep hurts, even forgiving oneself.
If you are interested in learning more about First Penance, please contact Michelle Andrews-Smith at Michelle.Andrews-Smith@dor.org
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