May 12, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it A boy of seven confessing for the first time, telling the priest he had planned to kill his grandmother then chop her body to pieces to hide it and the priest telling him, in turn, that he had wanted some people killed too by hanging. They became friends, to the consternation of the boy's sister who loved torturing him. It is so funny. It just became macabre-sounding only because I am not Frank O'Connor who managed to look back at his miserable childhood and create humor out of it.
Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is a memory piece and is narrated in the first person by a man called Jackie. Jackie is from the city and is unaccustomed to how his grandmother lives her life.
If anything not only is he embarrassed by her lifestyle choices but he also appears to be agitated by them. Even going as far as refusing to eat any food that his grandmother may have prepared.
This may be important as it suggests that Jackie, though he finds life difficult, has an ally his mother. He is not alone despite how he feels about his grandmother. If anything there are two factions in the family. Like Jackie she too may understand how difficult her mother-in-law can be.
By telling Jackie and his classmates about the man who made a bad confession Mrs Ryan successfully manages to frighten Jackie. Using that to frighten them into her way of thinking. It may also be significant that Mrs Ryan is dressed in a black cloak.
The reality being she may not necessarily be an appropriate guide for children when it comes to their first confession and Communion. It is also noticeable that when Jackie is on his way to make his first confession Nora also instills fear into him.
In many ways both Nora and Mrs Ryan are the same when it comes to their interpretation of religion. Neither may be appropriate guides for Jackie. There is a sense that the priest rather than scorning Jackie for wanting to kill his grandmother is actually identifying or connecting with him.
Taking on board the difficulties that Jackie feels when it comes to living with his grandmother. If anything the priest, who is described as being young unlike Mrs Ryan, is allowing Jackie to be a child and human. It is also noticeable that the priest supports Jackie. Which would again suggest that any fear or negativity from others that Jackie felt is likewise gone.
Though Jackie may have thought of killing his grandmother he has been honest throughout the story with not only the priest but the reader too. Unlike Nora who seems to have an agenda or motive behind all her actions.
Something that both Jackie and the priest are aware of.I first came across this short story in a book called Sunlight & Shadows, which is a book I first read in high school. Although this story was not part of the curriculum (we only read selections) something about it struck me, and I read it on my own.4/5.
Adult First Confession Candidates (preparing for Confirmation/First Communion), you need to go to confession sometime this Lent, that is, before the Easter Vigil. The Elect (preparing for Baptism), you don’t have to go to Confession this Lent, because Baptism itself washes away all sins.
In First Confession by Frank O’Connor we have the theme of conflict, appearance, division, connection, fear, innocence and honesty. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is a memory piece and is narrated in the first person by a man called Jackie.
Laurie loaded our arms with a pile of stuff for Nick to go through--including two shiny new boxes containing adaptive kits for first confession and first Communion, created by Loyola Press--and some DVDs and pamphlets prepared for typical first and second-graders.
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Guide to First Confession Make a Good Examination of Conscience Read the “Suggestions for a Good Examination of onscience” on the other side of this sheet.
Confess Your Sins to the Priest Go into the confessional. You have the choice to kneel at the screen or sit to talk face-to-face with the priest.