Many teachers and parents use the example of a lost sheep being found by the Good Shepherd in preparing children for First Reconciliation.
The Finding Jesus! activity to enables young children to use the vivid imagery and story of the book, Little Lamb Finds Christmas, to prepare for First Reconciliation. Walking through the preparation process with Lemi the Lamb helps children examine their consciences and internalize the joy of reconnecting with their Good Shepherd. Finding Jesus! eases children’s anxiety by engaging their spiritual imagination. Side by side with Lemi, they really can picture themselves as lambs who are loved even when they get lost.
Finding Jesus! uses adorable pictures and concrete steps to give children a deeper understanding of sin and the Good Shepherd’s loving forgiveness. Lemi the Lamb has a journey from being lost and found, and finds true peace with Jesus. Reconciliation can be put into a personable frame that is easily understood for children to know that peace in their hearts as well.
This activity is helpful in preparing for First Reconciliation or any time a child needs to be reminded that they are beloved lambs of God. Children can be confident knowing the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the way to climb back into the arms of their Good Shepherd whenever they have gotten separated from Him.
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Finding Jesus! includes a “Praying the Act of Contrition With Lemi the Lamb” page that can be used any time a child goes to Confession. There are two different versions you can choose from based on what they have been taught at school or home.
“Finding Jesus!” gives children beautiful imagery to see themselves as lost lambs when they sin and feel the joy of being found in reconciliation with Jesus. It’s a perfect way to prepare young hearts at home or in school for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, or any time.
Finding Jesus! was created by award winning author, speaker and catechist, Cathy Gilmore. A native of St. Louis, MO she is a married mother of three. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. Her endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas is the story in which the LOVE of the Good Shepherd, the MIRACLE of the Peaceable Kingdom and the JOY of Christmas are all tucked into one charming holiday parable. Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.