In this 5th Grade lesson, you continue learning about the Sacrament of Confession. You will particularly study how to make an examination of conscience and confessing your sins to a priest.
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The Seven Sacraments: Confession by Pietro Antonio Novelli
You receive many graces from going to the Sacrament of Confession. Jesus instituted this Sacrament on Easter Sunday to forgive sins. You should joyfully receive this Sacrament as often as you can. This Sacrament is called Reconciliation because you are reunited with God when you confess your sins. It is also called Penance because the priest assigns a prayer or sacrifice to make up for your sins. Confession, Reconciliation, and Penance all refer to the same Sacrament.
Confession is meant to restore our relationship with God. Sin tears down that relationship, especially mortal sin which severs it. Mortal sin cuts you off from God’s Grace. Venial sin weakens God’s Grace in your soul. The less Graces you have, the more likely you are to sin. Confession restores and increases Sanctifying Grace in your soul. Your relationship with God is strengthened when you acknowledge your sins, express sorrow for committing them, and seek absolution from the priest. Confession also helps strengthen your which will hopefully help keep you from sinning in the future.
In the Sacrament of Confession, you tell your sins to the priest, and he gives you absolution for your sins. Absolution means that your sins are forgiven and taken away. The priest is acting as “another Christ” when he hears your sins. It is as if you are speaking to Jesus Himself.
When you go into the confessional, you should try to be as concise and clear as possible. Rather than tell each incident in a long detailed manner, you should be to the point. For example, you might say, “I was rude,” “I disobeyed my parents,” or “I was mean to my sibling.” Here’s a possible example of a good confession:
Jerry had a bad habit of saying “no” to his mom and dad when they asked him to help around the house. When they asked him to take out the garbage he would say “no!” When they asked him to put away his toy trucks he would say “no!” When they asked him to help set the dinner table, Jerry again said “no!” When Jerry was 8 and could make his First Confession, he realized he was wrong to be disagreeable and disobedient to his parents. He felt very sorry for his actions and made a firm commitment to change his ways. When he went to confession for the first time, he told the priest that he had been disobedient 15 times. Jerry said this rather than list in de... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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