Jesus' affection for children is clearly affirmed in the Gospels. When His disciples attempted to halt people from bringing children to Jesus for His blessing, He insisted: "let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs" (Mt 19"14).
The greatest gift which God the Father can give to anyone, including children, is faith in his only begotten Son. Jesus declared that the Father reveals his Son to children more readily than to the learned and clever.
Recalling these examples of Jesus' attention to children sets the proper context for helping children examine their conscience and prepare them for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This sacrament allows Jesus to express his love for children today. Through it, He continues to influence their lives; He demonstrates His power to heal them, to free them from the bondage of sin, and raise them to a new life. For these reasons, Jesus still exhorts us: "Let the children come!"