Archbishop Murphy consistently urged all the faithful to take advantage of the gift of the sacrament of reconciliation. He characterized reconciliation as “a grace which enhances our life as individuals and as a faith community. It helps us recognize our sin, our failings, our weakness and calls us to grow in relationship to the Lord and others.”
Archbishop Murphy offered the following thoughts in the March 10, 1994 edition of the Catholic Northwest Progress, “The individual experience of the sacrament of reconciliation is a grace and a gift. In this sacrament we encounter the healing power of Jesus who offers us forgiveness for our sins. To celebrate reconciliation is to take the gift and grace that Jesus offers and to share it by seeking ways to reconcile ourselves with others.