I wanted to share with you a “new” Act of Contrition I recently obtained from a priest … I really like it.
At the close of my recent confession I was asked to say my Act of Contrition and I started off with the “.O my God, I’m heartily sorry for having offended thee…” and the priest gently said “No, I want you to say the one taped to the kneeler on the left” … so I read it out loud and it REALLY touched my heart.
Upon finishing I said, “Father, I REALLY like this prayer … does it have a name (ie like the Nicene Creed) or can I Google it…or where can I get a copy of it?” and he said “Here, I can give you a copy” as he slipped the paper through the screen.
So I formatted it as a PDF file and by accessing the dropbox link you can get it. My printer takes cardstock so I print 4 on one side and flip it over (depending on how your printer feeds) and then printed the other side and it is all lined up to match – giving you English on one side and Spanish on the other – just cut it apart.
I printed copies out for my Apologetics class and many came back asking for more copies; I printed extra copies and put them in the literature rack at church in both English and Spanish and they are disappearing at a rapid rate and I keep printing more; I gave some to my mother and she’s passing them around the old folks home and she gave them all away needs more! (I think she’s got them on a waiting list …hee hee)
There’s something about this prayer that just touches your heart. So you are all welcome to it — pass it on!
ACT OF CONTRITION
Forgive me my sins, O Lord, forgive me my
sins: the sins of my youth, the sins of my
age, the sins of my soul, the sins of my body,
my idle sins, my serious voluntary sins, the
sins I know, the sins I don’t know; the sins I
have concealed so long, which are now
hidden from my memory.
I am truly sorry for every sin, mortal, and
venial, for all the sins of my childhood up
to the present hour.
I know my sins have wounded Thy tender
Heart, O my Savior, let me be freed from the
bonds of evil through the most bitter passion
of my Redeemer.
O my Jesus, forget and forgive what I have