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Sunday | 09h30

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, as with Baptism, is the preeminent work and sacrament of the Holy Spirit. Just as the Spirit initiates the process of our incorporation into the Christian community at Baptism and strengthens this in Confirmation, the same Spirit sustains and renews it in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The new rite explicitly mentions the Holy Spirit no fewer than 20 times. According to the rite, the priest is to extend his hands over the penitent when giving absolution, as a sign that the Holy Spirit is being called down upon the penitent. As the work of the Holy Spirit, this sacrament is not only the remission of sins; it is also an outpouring of the life-giving Spirit which induces in the penitent a deep change of mind and heart, the biblical notion of metanoia. It is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that restores and renews an individual’s life in the community of believers and the priesthood of the faithful... continue reading