This Sunday is the day when 18 second grade students from our parish will receive for the first time the Sacrament of Reconciliation by confessing their sins to a priest.
Second grade is the approximate age when children can clearly distinguish between right and wrong. They can be truly sorry for their actions having hurt themselves or others. This sorrow of soul is called contrition.
A soul is liberated from sin by confessing aloud to a priest. A person takes responsibility for sinning. By going thus to a minister of the Church, reconciliation with the members of Christ’s Body is brought about.
A penance is given by the priest at the end of the confession. Since our sins do harm to relationships, either with God or with other people, the penitent performs prayers or charitable actions to make satisfaction to repair the damage.
A few years ago, cameras at St. Peter Basilica captured Pope Francis kneeling down to make his confession to a priest. From the Holy Father in Rome to our second grade students, the world more resembles the image of God when confession of sins has been worthily made. Confession makes us more pure in heart