My 8-year-old son recently had his first Confession. Although he unfortunately couldn’t do it on the day with his Religious Education peers since he was sick, he was probably more fortunate, because of what was to happen. Since my son is homeschooled and a very bright child who can memorize quickly, we made sure he was prepared for his first Confession. He already knew his Act of Contrition by heart in 1st grade and the rest of the process was probably easier to memorize. We were given a paper that stated the whole process and the words that were to be said, but he didn’t need it nor want to take it with him. We all got a chance to go to the rectory as we waited for the pastor of our parish to come downstairs. Although a bit nervous, my son went in for his first confession with one of the most gentle and calm priests that we have ever seen. Since I went to confession next, I didn’t hear my son say the good news until I came out. He already let the nun (his Religious Education Director) and my husband know how it went. He was sooooo excited that he did so well and wanted to let everyone know. The priest had told him that if he had a gold star, he would put it on his chest. Those words had made my son’s day and for him to have a memorable First Confession. Afterwards and to this day, even though it has been almost two weeks since then, my son says that he wants to go to Confession every week. In addition, at night he says an extra prayer (all on his own), in which he says, “Thank you God for a great first Confession and may all of my confessions be just as great.” The precious moments of when a child realizes he can say his own prayers to God and ask him for what his soul needs, makes a mom’s heart warm and puts a smile on her face.
If your children are about to have their first Confession, I hope that they have a great one and that the priest says kind words to encourage their souls to want to come back time and time again. May they all have gold stars on their chests!! J
If you already went through this stage with one or more of your kids, please comment down below with how their first Confession experience went and if the priest said any kind words, what were they?