In this 2nd Grade lesson, we continue to learn of the Sacrament of Confession.
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The Sacrament of Confession gives grace. It is called a Sacrament of Healing. Sin separates us from God. Confession brings us back. This restores our souls and makes us spiritually healthy.
Jesus gave us this Sacrament so we could be forgiven. This is a great gift.
There are many names for the Sacrament of Confession. Whether you call it Confession, Reconciliation or Penance doesn’t matter because they all refer to the same Sacrament.
In the Sacrament of Confession, we tell our sins to the priest. The priest is acting as “another Christ” when he hears our sins. He is sitting in the confessional in the place of Christ.
When we go into the Confessional, what sins do we tell the priest? Let’s read an 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 would ask him to take out the garbage he would say “NO!”, when they asked him to put away his toys he would say “NO!” When they would ask him to set the dinner table, Jerry said “NO!”
His parents gave him a punishment for disobeying. When Jerry was able to make his First Confession, he understood that all those times he said “no” were a sin. He sinned against the 4th Commandment. You should “Honor your father and mother.”
Jerry tried to remember how many times he had acted like this. It was a lot! Before he went to Confession he tried his best to count up the number of times he disobeyed. Then when he went to Confession he said, “I disobeyed my parents about 15 times.”
What Jerry did in trying to remember his sins is called an Examination of Conscience. He remembered his behavior. Then he remembered that there is a commandment that he broke when he behaved badly.
Before you go to Confession you should always think very long and hard about how you have acted every single day. Doing an Examination of Conscience means giving a good hard look to everything you do and figuring out what sins you committed. You need to tell this to the priest. Here are some things to think about before going to Confession. Ask yourself these questions often.
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
The First Commandment:
"I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before Me." This commandment makes us ask about how we treat God.
Did I pay attention at Mass?
Have I fooled around in Church?
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