The sacrament of reconciliation is probably the most talked about sacrament in the Catholic Church. Some have declared the death of the sacrament; while others want to see a revival of the sacrament, believing that to achieve this a greater emphasis needs to be placed on sin and hell.
This book explores the sacrament, focusing on the two people who confess – God and the penitent. God is the primary confessor when he confesses his forgiveness for and trust in the one who is celebrating the sacrament. The gift of freedom, the existence of hell and the role of the conscience are dealt with, while forgiveness and sin are discussed at length. The possibility is also explored that perhaps there are only two sins – the sin of Adam and Eve and the sin of the Innkeeper at Bethlehem.
Ultimately, the sacrament of Reconciliation is examined as God’s gift to us, where God’s humble forgiveness and great confidence in us are expressed. As we humbly seek forgiveness through the priest we make eye contact with God and are overwhelmed with his compassion.
This is an important and inspiring book for those who are hesitant about the sacrament.
About the Author
Fr Paul Farren, a native of Clonmany in Co. Donegal, was ordained in 1997. He studied in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and in the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. In 2006, he founded the Pope John Paul II Award to help young people become more involved in their parish community. Currently, he is Director of the Derry Diocesan Catechetical and Administrator of St Eugene’s Cathedral and Long Tower Church in Derry.