THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (Reconciliation) – This is the Sacrament in which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.
It results in reconciliation with God and the Church. (USCCA)
Sin strains our relationship with God, ourselves and others.
The sinner wounds God’s honor and love, his own human dignity…and the spiritual well-being of the Church, of which each Christian ought to be a living stone. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for the sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world. (CCC 1487, 1488)
Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships
Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation frees us from sinful patterns of behavior and calls us to complete conversion to Christ.
The Spiritual benefits of the Sacraments of Reconciliation include; reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace. Reconciliation with the Church, peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation. Formost, an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle. (CCC 1496)