25 – The Lord always pardons, He never condemns

‘A second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck of lost grace.’ Since the first centuries of Christianity, the sacrament of Penance has been described in this manner (cf. Dz 1542). A vivid and eloquent image, indeed, for when a soul loses its baptismal innocence by committing a serious transgression, it falls like a person drowning into the murky waves of sin. In order not to suffer eternal perdition and to recover the lost treasure of grace, one must have recourse to Confession, the secure plank of salvation for the baptized who do not wish to perish. However, this divine remedy comes with certain conditions. Does God always pardon? Does He pardon even those who do not wish to escape from the seas of sin? Such an important topic requires a profound analysis.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Confidence in God’s goodness does not mean the abuse of His mercy
II – The Sacrament of Penance requires good dispositions

I – Confidence in God’s goodness does not mean the abuse of His mercy

Sacred Scripture

Jesus warns the paralytic in the pool of Bethzatha
Those who do not convert will be chastised
The way that leads to destruction is easy

John Paul II

Meekness and severe threats are in harmony within the Gospel
Catholics have the obligation to make all efforts not to sin

John XXIII

Serious sins attract the chastisements of God

Benedict XVI

The certainty of God’s pardon is not an excuse to fail to seek sanctity
Priests should educate the faithful about the radical requirements of the Gospel

The Catechism of Trent

Whoever abuses mercy becomes unworthy to receive it

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Pardon is granted for correction, not to favor iniquity
False hope leads to perdition

Saint John Chrysostom

A Christian goes to heaven not merely as a traveler, but rather as a soldier

II – The Sacrament of Penance requires good dispositions

Sacred Scriptures

At times, God does not pardon

Paul VI

The sacraments may not be received in a passive or indifferent manner

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Sacrament which makes the evangelical call to conversion present

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Penance requires contrition, confession and satisfaction.

Council of Trent

Contrition unites sorrow of the soul, detestation of sin and purpose of amendment

John Paul II

The first step of returning to God is contrition
A sacrament that implies a battle against sin

Code of Canon Law

It is a remedy that requires conversion

Catechism of Trent

The request for mercy without contrition is useless

Benedict XVI

He who repents, receives pardon and the strength to sin no more
Confession is not only an instrument of pardon, but also of sanctification

Catechism of the Catholic Church

After pardon, the necessity to expiate the sin follows

Council of Trent

Satisfaction is a check for sin and a stimulus for a new life

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