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Lesson 24

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

God will always welcome us back and forgive our sins if we are truly sorry for them.

Lesson Vocabulary

  • Reconciliation
    Reconciliation means to repair a hurt relationship and make it like new again.
  • Contrition
    Contrition is sorrow for our sins and making the choice to not sin again.
  • Confession
    Confession is the part of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation when we tell all our sins to a priest, who acts in the place of Christ.
  • Penance
    A penance is an act the priest gives us during the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation to help us repair our relationship with God, His Church, and those whom we may have hurt by our sin.
  • Absolution
    Absolution is a special prayer the priest says in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation that absolves, or forgives, our sins with the authority of Jesus.
  • Conscience
    Conscience is a judgment of reason by which we recognize right and wrong. It is the voice of God speaking within us that guides us to do good and avoid evil.
  • Repent
    To repent is to be sorry and ask for forgiveness.
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