An Act of Contrition with Good Resolutions

Our Lord is merciful and loves us infinitely. Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. Let us ask our Lord for forgiveness of all our sins through the Sacrament of Penance. Let us make reparation for all the sins we have committed in the past. Let us consecrate ourselves to Jesus Christ and strive to keep away from sin. Here call to your mind the chief sins of your past life, and make resolutions against the temptations and dangerous occasions you may meet this day.

O my God, how little have I served Thee in time past! How greatly have I sinned against Thee! I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me. But I repent, O Lord, I repent. I am heartily sorry that I have spent that time in offending Thee which Thou has given to me to be employed in Thy service, in advancing the good of my own soul and obtaining everlasting life. I am sorry above all things that I have offended Thee, because Thou art infinitely good, and sin is infinitely displeasing to Thee. I desire to love Thee with my whole heart, and I firmly purpose, by the help of Thy grace, to serve Thee more faithfully in the time to come.

Accept, I implore Thee, the offering I now make to Thee of the remainder of my life. I renew the vows and promises made in my Baptism. I renounce the devil and all his works, the world and all its pomps. I now begin, and will endeavor to spend this day according to Thy Holy Will, performing all my actions in a manner pleasing to Thee. I will take particular care to avoid the failings I am so apt to commit, and to exercise the virtues most agreeable to my state and employment. Amen.

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