'Whatever you declare loosed on earth will be considered loosed in heaven. Whatever you consider bound on earth will be bound in heaven.'
When we sin we sin against God and against our community. The words of the prodical son best express this when the son, upon returning, says to his father, 'I have sinned against you and against God.'We place ourselves outside our community. In the confessional we hear the forgiving words of the priest letting us know that we are, again, in right relationship with God but we are also brought back into the community as the priest is representative of the community. Also,, when we take part in the sacrament of reconciliation we receive grace upon grace.
Our prayer for our children making their first reconciliation is that they will experience the love and warmth of a forgiving God and will, thus, be inspired to continually take part in this wonderful sacrament.