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To make a good forgiver, you need ...

 

As we approach the end of our Lent unit of work, we reflected on what qualities makes some one a good forgiver.

 

To help us think of this as a 'recipe', we discussed this picture of Jesus forgiving another person:

 

We came up with this recipe to make a 'good forgiver'.

 

To make a good forgiver, you need:

  • To show acceptance and are willing to move on.
  • To show confidence when facing someone who has done something bad to you, but also be confident to let them talk to you after they have done something bad towards you.
  •  The ability to think about what you will say and do before you say or do it!
  • To be calm and patient as someone says sorry to you and asks for forgiveness however much you don't want to be!
  • To be kind as they apologise to you.

 

 

Parable Of The Unforgiving Servant

This story is about forgiveness and grace. Our Heavenly Father, who is represented as the King, has forgiven us of many sins and we grieve Him when we don't forgive our brothers and sisters when they sin against us. The word of God says, "But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Watch this video to explore the meaning behind the parable: that God is our shepherd, who always love us and will always grant us forgiveness for our trespasses no matter who we are because we are all unique and special.

Asking for forgiveness: Confession, Sacrament of Penance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Remembering that during this part of the Christian calendar, we reflect on God's mercy when we seek His forgiveness during Mass by saying the 'Our Father...'. As well as this, we can seek God's forgiveness by repenting - saying sorry for our sins (confession).

Our Father

 

Today we learnt that we regularly seek forgiveness from God during Mass when we say the Lord's Prayer.

 

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,

hallowed by Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver is from evil.

Amen.

We highlighted and discussed the key words and phrases related to saying sorry and asking for forgiveness; these being: '...forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,' but also how we seek God's wisdom in staying strong during times of weakness: '...lead us not into temptation, but deliver is from evil.'

 

After this, we came up with some of our own ideas for a 'Our Father' prayer. These are some of the ideas that we shared:

 

Our Father, help us with the things we have done bad. Please forgive us and help us to stop doing them. Amen.

 

Our Father, please help us reverse what we have done in the past that is wrong. Amen.

 

Our Father, help us to be kind, helpful and caring to others. Amen.

Easter: Jesus' temptation in the wilderness

As we move into the new liturgical part of the Christian calendar, we remember Jesus' journey into the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights. We think about how the Devil tempted him from God's love, and in doing so, try to make Lenten Promises to further reflect on this.