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Sue wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • How do I respond to friends who say teaching the Act of Contrition to young children teaches them that God is a God of fear and guilt rather than a God of Love?

Sue

  { How do I respond to those who say the Act of Contrition teaches that God is a God of fear? }

Paul replied:

Hi, Sue —

The Act of Contrition itself confirms that God is "all good" and deserves all our love in return.

It also confirms that the only one we really need to fear, in that sense, is ourselves, for rejecting God and by choosing self instead.

God, who gave us free will as persons, wants nothing more than for us to avoid sin and choose Him.

This is real Love.

Peace,

Paul

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