Here is a practical, pastoral book for all Catholic Christians – laity as well as clergy – to foster renewed understanding and practice of the sacrament of reconciliation. The most thorough handbook of its kind, Reconciliation is at once informative, instructive, and pastorally sound.
The author presents a detailed and fascinating historical overview of sin and confession from biblical times to the present; a theological analysis of the evolution and meaning of the sacrament in the life of the Christian community; the actual Rite of Penance promulgated since Vatican II; the Church's guidelines for the new celebration; prayers for individual as well as communal reconciliation; biblical readings; prayers for inner healing; helpful steps on making an examiniation of conscience; and a section of Questions and Answers covering just about every situation or concern one is likely to experience.
Clergy, religious counselors, lay people young and old will find in this book a new meaning and new spirit for celebrating one of the Church's most important and (re)vivifying sacraments. No parish should be without it!
About Chris Aridas
Father Christopher Aridas has written several articles on parish ministry for the Paulist magazine Cathlolic Charismatic as well as two other books, Discernment: Seeking God In Every Situation, and Your Catholic Wedding. In addition, he has had several original compositions of liturgical music published and recorded. He serves as the Bishop's Liaison for the Charismatic Renewal in the diocese of Rockville Centre (Long Island). He holds degrees in English and Philosophy, as well as a Master of Divinity in Theology.