“If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity.” (I John 1: 9)

Penance is the sacrament by which an individual receives forgiveness and absolution of his/her sins. It calls for a self-examination and for a true understanding of one’s wrongdoing.

No matter how serious our sins may be, they can be forgiven if we make a sincere effort to atone for them.