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What Is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Another name for Confession

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Pews and confessionals, Shrine of the Apostle Paul, Saint Paul, MN. (Photo © Scott P. Richert)

Pews and confessionals in the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

(Photo © Scott P. Richert)

Definition: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession. Whereas "Confession" stresses the action of the believer in the sacrament, "Reconciliation" stresses the action of God, who uses the sacrament to reconcile us to Himself by restoring sanctifying grace in our souls.

Also Known As: The Sacrament of Confession, the Sacrament of Penance

Examples: "Since Vatican II, the Sacrament of Confession has often been called the Sacrament of Reconciliation."

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