The Sacrament of Reconciliation
O my God, I am sorry for having offended you. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have offended 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. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
This prayer or a similar one is usually said before you are absolved by the Priest during confession. It is a powerful prayer that propels us back into our lives with a hope that leads us to continue to strive for holiness. Confession is not always the easiest sacrament to visit. It's even harder when we are not sure about what we will expect or when we do not understand why our priests have been given the power to forgive our sins.
In this edition, we provide you with resources to help you and your group explore the Sacrament of Confession more deeply. We hope that it will encourage more young people to be vulnerable before God and accept His mercy - a mercy that is never ending, unconditional and new every morning.
1. Confession Explained - A video by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond - a drawing style video with an engaging narrator.
2. Lesson 10: The Power of Confession on the Chosen Series - a video with Fr Mike.
3. How to make a good confession by LifeTeen - a teenage friendly article on how to make a good confession.
4. Pope to youth: Go to confession! - an encouragement to young people.
5. Examination of Conscience for Youth - a PDF that you may wish to use with your group.
6. Examination of Conscience for Children - for your younger youth based of the 10 commandments.
7. What Must I Do? The Sacrament and Young Adults - a deeper explanation and questions to ponder.