Confession is the act of telling our sins to a priest and receiving forgiveness from God through his priest. Though we confess to a priest, we believe that only God can forgive our sins.
Why is Confession important?
Confession is important because it frees us from our past sins and helps us to make up for wrongs done to others and ourselves. When we do things that are wrong, we separate ourselves from God and our brothers and sisters. Confession is a way back to God and our community.
Who can go to Confession?
Baptized Catholics of a reasonable age can go to confession. Traditionally, children around the age of 7 can receive preparation for their First Confession. Those aware of committing serious sins should go to confession before receiving the Holy Eucharist.
"God gives man a new heart."
Catechism of the Catholic Church
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