On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst… He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us: “Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance toward the evil actions we have committed. At the same time, it entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life, with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of His grace [p. 1431].”
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recommends that before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, you prepare with an examination of conscience. Prayerfully reflect on your thoughts, words, and deeds in order to identify any sins. The following documents will guide you through this wonderful gift from God.
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