Even after baptism our new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin. Jesus willed that his Church continue his work of healing and salvation through the sacrament of reconciliation. Conversion, sacrifice and atonement in the OT. Jesus' ministry of forgiveness. The paschal sacrifice makes possible man's reconciliation with God. Jesus gave the ministry of reconciliation to His apostles and their successors. Interior penance; forms of penance. The acts of the penitent: contrition, confession, and satisfaction. The minister of the sacrament. The effects of the sacrament. The celebration of the sacrament.