In this 5th Grade lesson, you continue to learn about the Sacrament of Confession. You will particularly study forgiveness and what is necessary for your sins to be forgiven.
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Crucifixion by Lucas Cranach the Elder
You are born with Original Sin on your soul as a result of Adam and Eve’s first sin. This sin is taken away at your Baptism. Baptism cleanses your soul of Original Sin and God comes to dwell within your soul. You are then in the state of Sanctifying Grace, just like you were when you were baptized.
When you commit a sin, you harm your relationship with God. Mortal sin destroys the life of Grace in your soul. Venial sin diminishes the life of Grace in your soul. Sin keeps you from growing in union with God. To restore or increase this life of Grace in your soul, you need forgiveness from God. You receive this through the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.
Jesus died on the cross to save mankind from their sins. He established the Sacrament of Confession when He appeared to His Apostles in the Upper Room. “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’” (John 20: 18-23)
When you go to Confession, you follow God’s will. This pleases Him because you are expressing sorrow for having offended Him. Christ established the Sacrament of Confession in order that your sins may be forgiven. By confessing your sins to a priest, you learn humility and receive Sacramental Grace. Going to Confession gives you Grace that helps you avoid sinning again in the future.
Jesus gave His Apostles the power to forgive sins. This power and authority given to the Apostles is passed on to the priests and bishops of today. Through the Sacrament of Confession Jesus Christ forgives your sins through the priest, who acts in persona Christi. This means that the priest is acting in the person of Christ. When you confess your sins to the priest you are also confessing them to Jesus.
There are several things that are required to receive forgiveness in Confession. It is not automatic or something received merely by going into the co... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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