The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance or Confession) is a gift to help us reconcile with God and the Church when we have ​damaged our  relationship ​s with God and our community​ through our sins.  Through the Sacrament, we acknowledge our sins, express our sorrow, receive forgiveness from Christ and the Church, and try ​to ​make reparation for what we have done and resolve to do better in the future.