Jesus said to the twelve apostles, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20:23).
Confession is also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, says that those who truly repent of their sins may receive forgiveness. Reconciliation lets us, as sinners, obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.
Making our confession can help us overcome our vices. The grace we receive from the sacrament helps us combat our faults and failings and break our habits of vice much more easily and expediently than we could otherwise do without God’s gift of grace. Reconciliation helps us to become more like Jesus. Through it God strengthens our will and our self-control to be able to resist the temptations that confront us in our lives.
Do I need to be baptised?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available for those who are already baptised and, therefore, members of the Church. If you are not baptised, then getting baptised would be more appropriate.
Can’t I just be baptised again?
No. Baptism happens once and is irreversible and unrepeatable. We have already received God’s grace in baptism, which moves us to repent of our sins through confession.