The Our Father – an essential step of Reconciliation.

We enter into Week 10 of sacramental preparation for Reconciliation.  Step-by-step the sacramental process draws upon teachable moments, one in particular speaks to the heart ~ Our Father.

We began – Let us pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven Hallowed be Thy Name ~ 23 little children lifted their voices in unison. The Lord’s Prayer became the framework for this class and the classes to follow.   This class in particular was the turning point as the children focused their attention on the “doing” the sacrament of Reconciliation. The children were introduced to the 5 steps of Reconciliation.

  1. Examination of Conscience
  2. Confession
  3. Penance
  4. Contrition
  5. Absolution
First Reconciliation will be celebrated the first Saturday of February which translates into five more classes; there is still lots of time for the children will learn the “how to” of the sacrament. These classes will be structured to  go into depth and role play each of the five steps.
Truly our children are coming of age, this time of preparation has awaken within them a sense of their own divinity. Young or old, we are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27). Together we continue to discover the God who became one with us in the person of Jesus. Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Throughout the ten SCORE classes, the children have encountered Jesus in the Gospel stories ~ the Loving Father and the Prodigal Son, the Good Shepherd and the lost sheep, Zacchaeus, the tax collector, Jesus calming the storms and healing people. Our children listened, prayed, played, and drew upon their religious imagination. Give us this day our daily bread.
The sacramental process is transformative for we have experienced God’s self-gift in our ability to say, “I am sorry.” ~ and forgive us our trespass es as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
The same Spirit that stirred within the heart of Jesus when he prayed Our Father, is the same Spirit who speaks through our children when they prayed last Sunday at SCORE. After we prayed together, a child, her face radiating with joy, whispered to me: “I say this prayer every day.”  Amen!  Amen!
We circle back – Reconciliation is a way of life. Our words and actions give witness to the forgiveness and mercy of God in our broken world. Let us prayer that we may be ever responsive to the grace of the present moment as we pray ~ Our Father!

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