Paragraph 1469

1469. This sacrament reconciles us with the Church. Sin damages or even breaks fraternal communion. the sacrament of Penance repairs or restores it. In this sense it does not simply heal the one restored to ecclesial communion, but has also a revitalizing effect on the life of the Church which suffered from the sin of one of her members.76Re-established or strengthened in the communion of saints, the sinner is made stronger by the exchange of spiritual goods among all the living members of the Body of Christ, whether still on pilgrimage or already in the heavenly homeland:77

It must be recalled that . . . this reconciliation with God leads, as it were, to other reconciliations, which repair the other breaches caused by sin. the forgiven penitent is reconciled with himself in his inmost being, where he regains his innermost truth. He is reconciled with his brethren whom he has in some way offended and wounded. He is reconciled with the Church. He is reconciled with all creation.78

Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

548. How did the first Christian community in Jerusalem pray?

266. Why is this sacrament called Chrismation or Confirmation?

178. How are the people of God formed?

425. What is the relationship between grace and human freedom?

260. Who can baptize?

332. Who can confer this sacrament?

27. What does it mean in practice for a person to believe in God?

Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What does it mean to be a new creature in Christ, as described in 2 Corinthians 5:17?

What is the importance of faith in the healing of blind Bartimaeus, described in Matthew 20:29-34?

What is the importance of faith in the Christian life, according to the Bible?

God’s Covenant with David: An Eternal Commitment (2 Samuel 7)

What does Malachi 2:1-2 mean about the danger of falling away from God?

What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself according to James 2:8, and why is it important?

What is the unchanging nature of God, according to Malachi 3:6?