We are all sinners, and our transgressions are a burden on our hearts, they prevent us from enjoying the freedom that God intended us to have. But God is merciful, and He sent His Son to bear the punishment of all our sins! Let us ask confidently and without fear for the Lord’s forgiveness, so that we may fully experience His love. We can say prayers of repentance, or pray the Act of Contrition during the Sacrament of Penance.
“O my crucified God, behold me at Your feet;
do not cast me out, now that I appear before You as a sinner.
I have offended You exceedingly in the past, my Jesus, but it shall be so no longer.
Before You, O Lord, I place all my sins; I have now considered Your own sufferings and see how great is the worth of that Precious Blood that flows from Your veins.
O my God, at this hour close Your eyes to my want of merit, and since You have been pleased to die for my sins, grant me forgiveness for them all, that I may no longer feel the burden of my sins, for this burden, dear Jesus, oppresses me beyond measure.
Assist me, my Jesus, for I desire to become good, whatsoever it may cost;
take away, destroy, utterly root out all that You find in me contrary to Your holy will.
At the same time, I pray to You Lord Jesus, to enlighten me that I may be able to walk in Your holy light.
“To You, O God, Fountain of Mercy, I come, a sinner.
May You wash away my impurity.
O Sun of Justice, give sight to the blind.
O Eternal Healer, cure the wounded.
O King of Kings, restore the despoiled.
O Mediator of God and man, reconcile the sinful.
O Good Shepherd, lead back the straying.
O God, have pity on the wretched, show leniency to the guilty, bestow life on the dead, reform the impious, and give the balm of grace to the hard of heart.
O most merciful God, call back the one who flees, draw back the one who resists, lift up the one who falls, support the one who stands, and accompany the one who walks.
Do not forget those who forget You.
Do not desert those who desert You.
Do not despise those who sin against You.
For in sinning, I have offended You, my God; I have harmed my neighbor; I have not even spared myself injury.
I have sinned, O my God, against You, almighty Father, because of my weakness;
against You, all-knowing Son, because of my ignorance;
against You, merciful Holy Spirit, because of my malice.
Thus have I offended You, most high Trinity.
Woe to me, a pitiful soul!
How many, how great, and how diverse are the sins I have committed.
I abandoned You, Lord I question Your goodness, by yielding to evil cravings and weakening myself with harmful fears.
By such things, I preferred to lose You rather than abandon what I desired, to offend You rather than face what ought not to be feared.
O my God, how much harm have I done by word and deed, and by sinning secretly, openly, and defiantly.
Therefore, out of my weakness I beg You not to pay heed to my iniquity, but rather to Your immense goodness.
And I beg you mercifully to pardon what I have done, granting me sorrow for my past actions and precaution in the future.
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
For your name’s sake, O Lord,pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who are they that fear the Lord?
He will teach them the way that they should choose.
They will abide in prosperity, and their children shall possess the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress.
Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all its troubles.”
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