In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the forgiveness of sins. We will review the Sacrament of Penance: its beginnings, its parts, and its necessity.
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The Confession, Pietro Longhi (1740-1745)
When you do something wrong, you know you need to say you are sorry. You also know it is nice to be forgiven.
When you sin against God, He is very sad. He loves you, and wants you to love Him too. You don’t show God you love Him when you sin. To make things right you must go to God’s home and say you are sorry. This means going to church for the Sacrament of Penance. You must tell the priest all of your sins and tell him how sorry you are.
The Sacrament of Penance has many parts. Let’s look at these parts.
Examination of Conscience
You need to think about your thoughts and actions. If any of them are bad, or break a Commandment, then they are a sin and need to be confessed. To help you know what sins are, talk to your parents often about the Commandments and good behavior.
Be sorry for your sins
If you aren’t sorry for a sin, you don’t think it is wrong. This shows God that you don’t love Him or care about His teachings. When you are sorry for your sins, and want to tell God you are sorry, He knows you care about Him and His teachings. This sorrow is called Contrition.
Intend to not sin again
Are you really sorry for a sin if you plan to do it again? No, you aren’t. Part of being sorry for a sin is the desire to avoid that sin in the future. This also shows God that you really love Him and care about His teachings.
Go to Confession
You must go to God’s home to tell Him you are sorry. If you don’t tell Him directly, how will you know if He forgives you?
In Confession, the priest has Jesus’ power to forgive sins. Jesus gave this power to His Apostles. They gave it to the men who followed them as Pope, bishops, and priests. When you tell the priest your sins, you are telling Jesus. It is important to tell the priest all the sins that you can remember. If you forget one by accident, it’s ok. Don’t skip a sin on purpose, though. God won’t forgive you if you choose not to say sorry for a sin.
After you tell the priest your sins, you tell him you are sorry. This is called the Act of Contrition. When you are done, the priest will talk to you about your sins. He will also give you ideas that help you be good. The Priest gives you a Penance and then says a prayer of forgiveness. This is called Absolution.
Accept your Penance
The priest gives you a Penance before you are forgiven. This is a thing you must do to show God you are truly so... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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