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Reconciliation
 


Saint Paulís words are forceful: God "made him to be sin" for our sake. Jesus, the innocent one, the holy one, "he who knew no sin" (2 Cor 5:21), took upon himself the burden of sin by sharing with humanity its wages of death, even death on a cross. The reconciliation offered us had a high price, that of the cross raised on Golgotha on which the Son of God made man hung.

 
Homily

Ash Wednesday
Vatican Basilica
13 February 2013 †

 
 
 
Reconciliation
 


We believe with firm certitude that the Lord Jesus has conquered evil and death. With this sure confidence we entrust ourselves to him. Jesus, present in our midst, overcomes the power of the evil one (cf. Lk 11:20); and the Church, the visible community of his mercy, abides in him as a sign of definitive reconciliation with the Father.

 
Apostolic Letter
'MOTU PROPRIO DATA'
PORTA FIDEI
For the indication of the Year of Faith

 
 
 
Reconciliation
 


Jesus breathed on the Apostles and said: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained" (Jn 20: 22-23).
How important and, unfortunately, insufficiently understood is the gift of Reconciliation which sets hearts at rest! Christ's peace is only spread through the renewed hearts of reconciled men and women who have made themselves servants of justice, ready to spread peace in the world with the force of the truth alone, without descending to compromises with the world's mentality because the world cannot give Christ's peace: this is how the Church can be the leaven of that reconciliation which comes from God. She can only be so if she remains docile to the Spirit and bears witness to the Gospel, only if she carries the Cross like Jesus and with Jesus.

 
Homily
Solemnity of Pentecost
Vatican Basilica
11 May 2008

 
 
 
Reconciliation
 


God is the Merciful Father who, in Jesus, loves us beyond all measure. The errors we commit, even if they are serious, do not corrode the fidelity of his love. In the Sacrament of Confession we can always start out afresh in life. He welcomes us, he restores to us our dignity as his children. Let us therefore rediscover this sacrament of forgiveness that makes joy well up in a heart reborn to true life.

 
Homily
Chapel of the Merciful Father
'Casal del Marmo', Rome
18 March 2007

 
 
 
Reconciliation
 


Let us allow ourselves to be touched by reconciliation, which God has given us in Christ, by God's "foolish" love for us; nothing and no one can ever separate us from his love (cf. Rm 8: 39). We live in this certainty. It is this certainty that gives us the strength to live concretely the faith that works in love.

 
General Audience
Paul VI Audience Hall
26 November 2008

 
 
 
Reconciliation
 


Only faith can transform selfishness into joy and re-establish proper relations with others and with God.

 
Comments before Angelus
Castel Gandolfo
12 September 2010

 
 
 
Reconciliation
 


Reconciliation, justice and peace are not possible without a profound purification of the heart, without a renewal of the mind, a 'metanoia'; without the newness that arises from the meeting with God.

 
Address
Second Special Assembly for Africa
Synod of Bishops
24 October 2009

 
 
 
Reconciliation
 


The errors we commit, even if they are serious, do not corrode the fidelity of his love. In the Sacrament of Confession we can always start out afresh in life. He welcomes us, he restores to us our dignity as his children. Let us therefore rediscover this sacrament of forgiveness that makes joy well up in a heart reborn to true life.

 
Rome's Prison for Minors
Chapel of the Merciful Father
18 March 2007

 

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