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Fr. Paul Farren

Freedom and Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation


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The sacrament of Confession is probably the most talked about sacraments in the Catholic Church, as well as a spiritual practice being revived in many Protestant churches. This book explores the sacrament focusing on the two people who confess – God and the penitent. God is the primary confessor when he confesses his forgiveness for and trust in the one who is celebrating the sacrament. The gift of freedom, the existence of hell, and the role ofconscience are discussed at length.

Jean Vanier in his foreword says: “Somewhere, along the line, in the history of the Church, people have become more centred upon obedience to laws than upon this relationship with lovewith a person, with Jesus. This book flows from anunderstanding of Confession as a meeting of love and as a renewal of friendship.”

How that friendship is renewed is explored using the Rite of Penance and St. Peter in theGospel. This helps us understand what happens in the sacrament and how we can celebrate it. Ultimately, Fr. Paul describes reconciliation as God’s gift to us to expressGod’s humble forgiveness and his confidence in us and also the place where we take responsibility for our lives.

“For anyone who is fearful of going to Reconciliation this is perfect. This book gives the reader a desire to go running to Reconciliation for God’s mercy , forgiveness and love.”
—Marilyn Moran, RCIA Coordinator – Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Pastoral Services
Parish RCIA Director – Assumption Parish – Westport CT

“Bishop Garcia ofMonterey, CA, asked me to review this book…I am not even done with it. . . butcan already tell you it is one of the best I have seen of its genre…. Thank you for making the book attractive, easy to read, ‘in touch’ with current culture but not enslaved, and encouraging not only the sacrament but the experience of forgiving.”
—Fr Patrick Dooling, San Carlos Cathedral, Monterey,CA

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