"Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained"
(Jn. 20,23).

It was by these words and through His death and resurrection that our Saviour reminds us of the fundamental gift of our redemption and the power given to the Church to forgive sins. The Sacrament of Reconciliation not only bestows on us the gift of having our sins forgiven, but also reconciles us with God. Remission of sin is a completely free and undeserved gift, a newness of life which we could never earn. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven, if we approach the throne of mercy with humble and contrite hearts. No evil is more powerful than the infinite mercy of God.