As a kid growing up in the Catholic church, I had to take my First Communion and also Confirmation. Us kids were excited to make our First Communion as it meant we could ‘partake’ in holy communion. To most of us, we were just happy to do what that adults did. Plus it involved eating that ‘bread’ and drinking that ‘wine’. Bread and wine sounded not too bad. But before we could be awarded with such a prize, we had to first go to confession.
Confession meant kneeling at the side of a small room inhabited by the father. (preacher). We would tell him what we did wrong (sins) and he would forgive us on behalf of God. Well the problem was, we barely knew right from wrong and had to go to pre-confession classes so the nuns could tell us what to say. Beep! Shouldn’t confession be a bit more private and personal than that? A few of my friends confessed to stealing bread from the dinner table. I confessed to lying even though I didn’t know of any recent lies I had told. I also confessed that I had stolen dried milk and sugar from my parents. Something kids enjoyed from time to time. To me and my friends, confession was a joke. We confessed what they wanted us to confess. We were not penitent. We were too young to understand what it really meant. Which brings me to the reason for this post.
A friend of mine has a young daughter who is about to make her first communion. Or is it confirmation? They are basically the same to me. Anyways, she told me that she’s attending confession and knowing her tender age, (She’s not much older than my 6-year old) I immediately remembered my first experience. I am sure her daughter does not fully grasp the concept of confessing her sins. Her kiddie sins. Can you imagine that little girl going home after confession and changing her ways? Staying in her room reading her bible? I can’t. I didn’t.
So do you really think kids should go to confession? Ignore the fact that confessions should be solely between a person and their God. Remember that after God died on the cross, the way was opened for us to communicate directly with him and through and intermediary but we won’t go into that right now. Should kids go to confession? I think not, but then again
It’s just my take.
- I went to confession. (sarahberardi.com)