Primary 3 - Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
In his Encyclical Letter Pope Francis said, ‘The creation accounts in the book of Genesis contain, in their own symbolic and narrative language, profound teachings about human existence and its historical reality. They suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself. According to the Bible, these three vital relationships have been broken, both outwardly and within us. This rupture is sin. The harmony between the Creator, humanity and creation as a whole was disrupted by our presuming to take the place of God and refusing to acknowledge our creaturely limitations.’
The Children of P3 in St Patrick’s primary in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation have been looking at their relationships with Nature, with others, with God and how that impacts on themselves. In creating us, God shared with us a spark of his goodness in life and in Baptism he shared with us a spark of his eternal life so that his goodness might be revealed in us and others might know the goodness of God in a world that is often darkened by human selfishness. We who have been Baptised are asked to share that light with others so that they may recognised the goodness in them and the goodness of God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is about rejoicing in that goodness that God shares with us and making the decision to let it shine more fully in our world. Let your light shine!