What is the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Penance is one of the Church’s Sacraments of Healing. It is an experience of God’s gift of boundless mercy that frees us from our sins and challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.
It is also a channel of particular graces which assist us in avoiding sin in the future, overcoming habits of sin, and growing in the life of virtue. Each of us can experience God’s healing grace and love through this Sacrament!
Children at an early age (near the age of seven) should learn about and receive this precious gift. They are capable of
understanding what is right, honest, kind and charitable; and what is not.
The Sacrament of Penance is a positive instrument in developing a genuinely Christian moral sense in your child. The experience can help your child to understand that when a child of God fails, or sins, it is not the end. God is waiting to help, to forgive, and to provide the strength you need to try again.
“Catechesis for children prior to their first reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation must always respect their natural disposition, ability, age and circumstances.” (National Directory for Catechesis Chapter 5, section 36, heading B2)
Did you Know?
The Catechism teaches us that the priest can never, under any circumstances, even under the threat of death, tell anyone about the sins he hears in the confessional. (CCC, #1467)