In this chapter we are helping the children to understand that we celebrate saying sorry. Saying sorry is about sorting things out, keeping friends and being reminded that God forgives us and this is a cause of great celebration! We experience JOY when we are forgiven. Even though we are all created good, we all make mistakes: but God is there to help us.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation – mirrored in the Penitential Act at Mass, where we reflect on our sins of the past week – is where God “rescues us” from losing our way, after we confess our sins to God and tell him that we want to become friends again.
Remember, forgiveness is something that should be an everyday activity – not something we reserve for the really “bad” stuff, but something we should experience ourselves and offer to others on a daily basis. If we can help our children to see this, reconciliation – the act of becoming friends again, instead of holding onto hurts – becomes part of our natural/regular habits.