But with contrite heart and humble spirit let us be received. Daniel 3:39
How often are we truly contrite for something we know is wrong? The key is in the knowing it is wrong in the first place, and with knowing this we still go ahead and do it. When we sin, we hurt the one who made us, we hurt ourselves too in the process, and we bring another along with us when we err. It is in the knowing that after committing our sins, it is with a truly humble and contrite heart, that Daniel speaks of, that we are then received. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, is meant to free us of sins, to reconcile us with a loving God. It is so very important to come to this with honesty in our hearts, to humble ourselves, so we may be washed clean.