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Grades 1 - 4

Reconciliation- Going Back to God

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Act of Contrition Prayer

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
My God, have mercy.


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In reconciliation, we seek God's forgiveness. We must also work on healing the relationships we have with one another. "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us" is the line from the Lord's Prayer that reminds us that forgiveness comes from God, and we are called to share it with others as well.

This animated video will help spark some discussions for your family about the importance of forgiveness and how we can follow the teachings of Jesus on how to forgive and be forgiven.

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The season of Lent is a wonderful time to reconcile ourselves to God as we reflect on Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross. In order for us to be people of peace and forgiveness, we must first truly understand what reconciliation is and how we are can move to reconcile ourselves to God and to one another.

The following blog article provides an insightful reflection not only on the meaning of reconciliation but also on how reconciliation is an important part of seeking God's forgiveness.

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- Read the parable of the Lost Sheep [Luke 15: 1-7] as a family.

- Discuss how God's love for us helps us to find our way back to Him just like the lost sheep and how He is ready to forgive

- Create a list of words or phrases we can use to ask for or to give forgiveness.

- Place each phrase onto strips of paper to form a forgiveness chain. Decorate the chain as you wish.

- Hang that chain in your home and encourage everyone in the family to borrow from the chain when they are situations of reconciliation.

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