We think about how our sins offend Jesus and we are sorry for them: "I'm sorry, Jesus. I won't do it again."
Sr. Clare sketched these simple yet expressive drawings of the “Story of a Good Confession” in 2008 for the children in second grade at Assumption Catholic School in Jacksonville, Florida. Like always, Sr. Clare spared no effort when giving such an important lesson to the children in their preparation for First Holy Communion. She could have just spoken about a good Confession, but she knew that children learn better with images. For this reason she decided to draw the whole process of a good Confession. Now the drawing can be useful not only to children, but to adults as well.
1. We ask the Holy Spirit to help us remember our sins.
"I talked back to Mom. I made fun of Joe..."
2. We think about how our sins offend Jesus and we are sorry for them.
"I'm sorry, Jesus. I won't do it again."
3. We make up our mind not to commit the same sins again.
"NO to sin!"
4. We can say an Act of Contrition.
"Oh, my God, I am heartily sorry......."
5. We go into the confessional, where the priest welcomes us, and together we make the Sign of the Cross.
"In the name of the Father..."
6. We tell the priest how long it has been since our last Confession, and then we confess our sins.
"It has been 2 weeks, here are my sins..."
7. The priest talks to us and gives us a penance.
"Say three Hail Mary's."
8. The priest absolves us.
"I absolve you in the name of the..."
9. We do our penance.
"Hail Mary, full of grace..."