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What was your first confession?

Popularity 5Viewed 3710 times 2015-6-25 23:09 |System category:Life| children, before, months, things, about

I am a Roman Catholic and when I was a kid I had to make my First Confession. When Roman Catholics are children we have to do a First Reconciliation, First Communion and then Confirmation. You have to prepare for each one of these sacraments and they are kind of a big deal. They are the big three that Roman Catholics have to do when we are kids. The First Reconciliation is the confession.

So like I said, you have to prepare for these things for a few months before them to learn about what will happen and why you are doing it. The process is a very good idea because it encourages children to think about morality and to make a commitment to being a good person. In my opinion a non-religious equivalent for the modern youth would be a good thing for society.  There is a lot to it all. You do your First Reconciliation around Year 2 ( second grade ). I remember when I was a kid I didnt really enjoy preparing for these sacraments at all. Like you need to learn prayers and I remember we had these booklets that we had to fill out and stuff. A cool thing about the Confirmation sacrament is that you get to choose the name of a Saint to take as your Confirmation Name. With Reconciliation I mostly remember trying to learn the Hail Mary prayer.

So like I said, preparing for First Reconciliation is not particularly exciting. I am not sure if that is the reason or even a good excuse but when I went into the confessional to give my first confession I couldnt think of anything that I had done wrong. When Father Maroney asked me what sins I had I couldnt think of a thing. I kind of panicked and I told him that I had stolen cookies from the cookie jar. Even as a kid I knew that it was a bad lie as soon as I said it. I must have thought of some terrible reading practice story that I had read at school or something. My mother was fine with snacks and nobody in my family says 'cookie jar'. They would say Biscuit Tin. I have no idea why I said that. It was like the best generic lie I could think of. I didnt think that was enough so I made up one or two other things that I had not done wrong. My parents were really not very strict at all and I dont remember being in trouble much at all when I was a kid. I am certain that Father Maroney knew that I was making things up. Which is kind of funny because I am supposed to be in the confessional being forgiven for my sins, not in there telling lies to a Priest. Its just bizarre. So Father Maroney gave me some Hail Marys to say, either for telling him lies, or for my 'sins', and I went and said them.

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

So my first confession was a lie.

Do any of you guys remember your first confession? What sins had you committed in the second grade? Have you ever made a false confession for any reason?

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