So I’ve found out there are many versions of the Act of Contrition. I’ve compiled the ones I could find, and I’m trying to decide which to memorize… since I am a Catechumen to be baptised, confirmed, and recieve my first communion this Easter Vigil (20 days). Any input? Which do you use and why?
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, known and unknown, not only because I dread the loss of heaven and dread the pains of hell, and not only because Thou art my Creator, my Redeemer and my Sanctifier, but most of all because my sins have offended Thee, my God, Who art all good in Thyself and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for my many sins and imperfections. I grieve for all the sins of my life, but especially for those of this day. I am sorry for my many sins and imperfections because they offend Thee, O my God, whom I love above all things and because they wound Thee O most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Have mercy on me Sweet Heart of Jesus; cleanse me of my sins and strengthen me, through Your grace, to carry out with a firm purpose of amendment my desire to sin no more, to do penance and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.
“From St. Augustine:”
O my God, I cry unto thee with the prodigal: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But now, O God, give me true sorrow of heart for my many sins whereby I have grieved thee, and enable me to make a full confession to thy priest, that I may receive perfect remission of them, through thine infinite goodness. Amen.