In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the forgiveness of sins. We will deepen our understanding of the nature of contrition and the need for the Sacrament of Penance in the plan for salvation.
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When you do something wrong, you know you need to say you are sorry. You may even need to perform some act of kindness to make up for the hurt you caused. But how do you know if you are forgiven? The same way that you show your contrition: by word and by deed.
When you sin against God, it is an act of injustice. God is Supreme and Perfect; He is All-Good, All-Beautiful, and All-Truth. By right, everything should be directed back to Him. Sinning against God is also an offense against charity. God loves us, and wants us to love Him more than anything else. Any time that we put something or someone else before our love for God it is a rejection of His perfect charity. In short, sin ruptures our relationship with God. To repair this relationship, we must reconcile ourselves to Him. This means seeking out forgiveness through the Sacrament of Penance. Reconciliation with God is more than simply receiving His forgiveness. Most of the effort must come from us, since we are the reason for the ruptured relationship.
The Sacrament of Penance has many parts. Each part is necessary for reconciliation with God.
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.
Contrition is a necessary part of the Sacrament of Penance. If we are not sorry for the wrongs we’ve done, then we are not participating in the process of reconciliation. When we can’t see or won’t see the wrongs we’ve committed against God or another person, we are being ignorant of the dignity due to God and our neighbors.
There are two kinds of contrition: perfect and imperfect. Perfect contrition is true sorrow for our sins because they are an affront to God. Our love for God is the reason we are sorry. Imperfect contrition is being sorry for our sins because we are afraid of the punishment that we will receive for transgressing God’s Law.
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
In Confession, the priest has Jesus’ power to forgive sins. Jesus gave this power to His Apostles. They gave it to the men who foll... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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