The Sacrament of Penance in the Catholic Church

Here’s an analogy I use to help explain the concept of Penance in the Catholic Church.

Billy is a 14 year old who likes to ride his bike a lot. So much, in fact, that he even rides in the rain. However, Billy is often absent-minded when he’s riding and forgets the rules set forth by his mother. One of those rules is that Billy must only ride on the side walk and street.

One day, Billy was riding his Bike after a good rain, and he rode his bike off the side walk, onto the grass, and wiped out in his neighbor’s flower bed. Billy was unscathed, but half the flower bed was destroyed, and his tires had made numerous, deep treads in the wet lawn. Billy knew immediately that he had failed to obey, and he could see why his mother had set forth her rules. Continue reading