by BCBP Editor

sand in hand
Do you remember playing in the sand on the beach when you were a child? What is the meaning of sand in your life today? This AGM Sharing Guide challenges us to look at sand, sin, and forgiveness in a new way.


A missionary on one of the Pacific Islands was surprised one day to see a woman enter his hut carrying a handful of sand, which was still dripping water.

“Do you know what this is?” she asked.

“It looks like a sand,” replied the missionary.

“Do you know why I brought it here?” she asked.

“No, I can’t imagine why,” the padre answered.

“Well, these are my sins,” the woman explained, “my sins which are as countless as the sands of the sea. How can I ever obtain forgiveness for all of them?”

“You got that sand down by the shore did you now?” said the padre.

“Well, take it back there and pile up a heaping mound of sand. Then sit back and watch the waves come in and wash the pile slowly but surely and completely away.

That is how God’s forgiveness works. His mercy is as big as the ocean. Be truly sorry and the Lord will forgive.”

Source: Forgiveness of God, Liguorian from 1000 Stories You Can USe Vol. 2 by Frank Mihalic, SVD — contributed by Dette Joven, BCBP Calamba


1. When you think of and picture your sins, how do you picture them? Like a pile of sand, or a bag of rocks, or a sickness invading your body … ??? Draw your picture on a page in your notebook. Explain your picture.

2. How have you experienced the forgiveness of God? What impact did His forgiveness have in your life?

3. How important is the Sacrament of Reconciliation in your faith life?

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