Mass/ReconciliationHoly Mass is a sacred re-presentation of our Lord’s Passion and Death. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church,1367, says:
- The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.” “And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner… this sacrifice is truly propitiatory”.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the ordinary way for our sins committed after Baptism to be forgiven. It produces many effects in us (See Catechism of the Catholic Church,1496):
- reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
- reconciliation with the Church;
- remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
- remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
- peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
- an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.