Jesus said to the Apostles, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.— John 20:22-23
Reconciliation (confession) is the sacrament of genuine and ongoing conversion and God’s gift of guaranteed forgiveness and mercy. Sin fractures our friendship with Jesus and with our brothers and sisters. Reconciliation grants us God’s forgiveness of our sins and restores our friendship with him and with his Church.