5.4 Reconciliation

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Only God forgives sin

“Only God forgives sins. Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, ‘The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins’, and exercises this divine power: ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name” (CCC 1441).

Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action his whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the forgiveness and reconciliation that he acquired for us at the price of his blood. But he entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry which he charged with the ‘ministry of reconciliation’” (CCC 1442).

Attainment Target 1: Learning about the Catholic faith.
Attainment Target 2: Learning from the Catholic faith.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand that actions have consequences.
    • Reflect on some of the consequences of actions.
  • Understand that Mary, our Mother untangles knots of sin.
    • Reflect on how Mary is always ready to help us.
  • Know about God’s love and forgiveness.
    • Reflect on what this means for us.
  • Understand the meaning of sin.
    • Reflect on how sin hurts us, others and our relationship with God.
  • Know what happens in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
    • Reflect on how this sacrament helps us.
  • Understand that God is love and always ready to forgive.
    • Reflect on what it means to experience forgiveness.