Great Ideas: Understanding Reconciliation

Help children learn about the impact of sin with this prayer exercise.

From the TCT archives: a way to bring home a gospel message

To discuss the Sacrament of Reconciliation with fifth graders, I gather them in a circle with a large rock at the center.

I say, “If you have never in your lifetime disobeyed your parents, pick up the rock.”

Then I watch for the varied reactions. After discussing the reactions, we recall the story of Jesus with the woman caught in adultery. What did he write? How did the men feel? What did Jesus do for/with the woman? He sent her away and told her not to sin again.

~ Submitted by Sr. Margaret Jude Sullivan, SSJ  (at time of original publication, St. Bridget School, Philadelphia, PA)

This great idea was originally published in our January/February 2010 issue.

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