Busted Halo
November 15th, 2011

Penance (why we confess)


Why do we have to confess our sins to a priest? Can’t we just pray to God for forgiveness? If I sin but no one is affected then can I say, “no harm, no foul?”

These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

The Sacrament of Penance (aka Reconciliation) is one of the healing sacraments, and celebrates the loving embrace of God when we turn toward him and away from our sins.

To download this video go here and click the download arrow or choose save or download.

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  • Chuck Springer

    Hello, the link is broken again. Can I get a copy of this video for an RCIA presentation I’m working on?

    • barbara_wheeler

      Chuck — apologies for not replying sooner! You can get a copy of this video — and the entire Sacraments 101 series. E-mail me at editor@bustedhalo.com with your mailing address and I’ll put a DVD in the mail for you.

      • Julia Moore Wyman

        I would like a copy of Sacraments 101 too. I’ll follow the above instructions. Great series!

  • Emily Vandehey

    I wish I could download this to show to my 5th grade CCD students, but when I click the download here link, it pulls up a separate tab saying “404 Not Found.” Any help? Or is it just my computer? The Confirmation and Eucharist ones worked perfectly, but not this one. Thanks!

    • http://bustedhalo.com/author/joe-williams Joe from Busted Halo

      Hi Emily – Sorry about that. the link is now working. thanks.

      • Sarah Mounsteven-Bertling

        Hi ya, the link is not working :( Hope it will be up and running soon.

      • barbara_wheeler

        Hi Sarah — If you e-mail me at editor@bustedhalo.com with your mailing address, I can put a Sacraments 101 DVD in the mail for you. Sorry about the broken link!

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  • Phyllisann Godfrey

    Love your show and the Willets. Heard you on CND today. I teach 2nd grade CCD and was hoping this video could help me, at least with the Rubric of the sacrament, but this is for adults. Have you ever thought about doing one for the children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Hold Eucharist?

  • Chris

    This makes so much sense…thank you! PS Am glad we have an alternative to public confessions…!

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