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Reconciliation, Penance, Confession -- all refer to this Sacrament.

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1 posted on 04/04/2009 12:22:22 PM PDT by Salvation
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The origin of the Sacrement of Penance:

St. John (20:19-23) tell it:

Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, 'Peace be to you!' And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. He therefore said to them again, 'Peace be to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.' When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.'

2 posted on 04/04/2009 12:25:42 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Such a wonderful Mysterion of The Church!

“My child, do you want to crush the head of the serpent? Openly reveal your thoughts in confession. The strength of the devil lies in cunning thoughts. Do you hold on to them? He remains hidden. Do you bring them to the light? He disappears. And then Christ rejoices the prayer progresses, and the light of grace heals and brings peace to your nous and heart.” Elder Joseph the Hesychast


8 posted on 04/04/2009 12:48:30 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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