Act of Contrition


Anyone else feel that the Act of Contrition feels a bit clunky?
Perhaps it’s a poor translation? I particularly dislike the phrase ‘because you are so good’. God is good - but I kind of feel that this phrasing is a bit… naff?


There are various versions of the Act of Contrition. Go here and you’ll find a dozen or more.

It doesn’t really matter anyway. When you go to confession and are asked to make an act of contrition, you can use a set prayer or use your own words. Perhaps you could write your own Act of Contrition and use it when you do an examination of conscience or go to confession.


DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit