This lesson is meant to serve as a First Confession Preparation Program for those Catholics in High School or older. If you are studying for your First Confession, this is the ideal lesson for you. To those who meet the requirements as outlined in the "Course Calculator" on our website, this lesson can earn a Certificate in First Confession Preparation.
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Jesus Forgives Sins through the Priest
In Familiaris Consortio Pope John Paul II writes: “Parents have the most solemn obligation to educate their children in the faith, and that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it.” You already know this, which is why you are making the conscious choice to supplement your child’s education in the Faith at home, and also why you are embarking on the journey to prepare your child for participation in, and reception of, the Sacrament of Confession.
Teaching your child about the Sacraments is very different from teaching him/her anything else in life. When you teach your child to add, subtract, ride a bike, make a collage, or draw a picture, it is not necessary that the child LOVE these activities or feel the innate need to EMBRACE these actions. In other words, education for the Sacraments is as much about the formation of the will as it is about formation of the intellect. When you teach your child about the faith, particularly the Sacraments, you are teaching more than how to go through the motions or how to complete an action: you are instilling in them an attitude or emotion to love God so much that he/she wants to pattern his/her life in such a way that pleases Him. Preparation for the Sacraments is about creating a lifestyle that will yield a lifelong Catholicity in the child to make him/her not just go through the motions, but fully embrace the meaning of the Sacraments and want and NEED to take part in them as often as possible.
How does one instill this kind of desire in a child? By one’s very own actions, attitudes, emotions, dispositions, and even conversations about one's Faith and Faith-life. Children learn, by their parents’ actions, the virtue of being penitent and sorrowful for sins. A parent with a flippant attitude about Confession is likely to have a child with a similar disposition. Just as many of us include daily or weekly exercise regiments into our schedules to maintain our physical health, we should also model for our children the necessity of including daily and weekly spiritual exercises into our routines to maintain our spiritual health. How does one do this? Daily prayer, prayer before meals, the family Rosary, daily Mass, spiritual readings, regularly invoking the help of God, Mary, the Angels and the Saints (St. Anthony help me!), reading about the lives of the saints, following the L...
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