In order to receive the good news we have to first break free from the bad news, namely sin. We need to examine ourselves honestly and humbly come before God, acknowledging our weakness and disobedience. A Catholic will experience great freedom when he or she goes to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Here we confess our sins to a priest of God, ordained to this ministry. As frightening as it may be at first, this sacrament is a wonderful place to encounter Jesus’ mercy. It is one of the most joyful experience in this life to hear the words “I absolve you from your sins” and know your sins have been forgiven on earth and in heaven. (Matthew 18:18)