Reconciliation is the official name of the sacrament we used to call “confession”. The same source defines confession as “An admission or acknowledgment that one has done something that one is ashamed or embarrassed about.” I don’t know about you, but I know definitely prefer the first definition. Reconciliation is positive. Confession is negative. Reconciliation sounds pleasant. Confession sounds harsh. Reconciliation sounds like fun. Confession sounds too much like having a root canal.
Hopefully we don’t need to get into the nuts and bolts of the sacrament. We all know what it is. What seems to confuse some folks is how often we “have to” go. I’d say if you’re thinking about the sacrament in terms of “have to” rather than “want to”, you’re missing the point. How often do you “have to” reestablish cordial relations with God. I suppose the answer to that would be you “have to” do that just once, right before you die. Of course, the tricky part of that is knowing when that day is.
On the other hand, if you desire to maintain cordial relations with our Heavenly Father, then you can’t receive the sacrament often enough.
Maybe the last time you received this particular sacrament was years ago when most priests looked at the sacrament as confession! You needed a suitable punishment for the thing that you were “ashamed or embarrassed about”. And they were just the guys to impose it. Today’s priests (at least most of them) are more into the reconciliation mindset. You’ve come to reestablish a cordial relationship and they’re here to help.
Even though we’re in the middle of Lent, the season when many Catholics think they have to satisfy the requirement to make their annual “confession”, think of it as a time to establish a new habit. That is, to be reconciled with God as often as possible.
Knowing that your sins are forgiven and that you have a cordial relationship with God is more than cool.