But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry.
What does reconciliation do? This image from the parable of the Prodigal Son pretty much sums it up. We're found, welcomed home, made beautiful, made able to walk, fed with grace, raised from death to life, and all Heaven has a big party. The sacrament of Reconciliation is just plain cool.