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A Fresh Take on the Act Of Contrition

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Growing up, I was given the gift of a Catholic education.  I will always cherish and be thankful for the faith traditions that guided my early life.  As I grew and began to ask deeper questions, I found that my answers were coming from various sources.One of those sources is my own connection to my higher self, Spirit, if you wish to call it that, has been answering many of my questions and freely offering wisdom to me as I open up to receive in love.  This prayer was one of those precious gems I received that I'd like to share with all of you.  It truly reflects the basis of my beliefs that we are divinity cloaked in human form, tasked with using this human experience to allow Spirit, God, Universe, to bubble up through our humanity bringing into manifestation the Will of God through our experiences here.

Here is the original Act of Contrition that I prayed when I was a child:

O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishment, 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.

Here is a rewriting of the Act of Contrition:

Oh my God, I am so sorry for having fogotten our divine connection.  I regret those times when I have forgotten you and your presence in my reality.  I am remembering now that you are my creator and that you have endowed me with rights and priviledges to which I am entiteld right now.  

I ask for your forgiveness for those times when I struggled alone, failing to remember to call upon you, to depend on you and to expect your help.  I fully resolve with the help of your grace, to embrace our Father-Child relationship and to implore your presence and power in my daily work and life.  I will and I promise to recognize and honor your Divinity within myself and others and to work towards spreading this knowledge to as many people as you will allow.  

Thank you for giving me a vessel to occupy, to interact with and to learn from in my physical body.  I appreciate having full use of all of its functions and I pray you will assist those of us who lack any of those naturally occuring functions of the body.  I ask your forgiveness for those times when I have not appreciated or cared for lovingly your gift to me, my body.

In return for this day of life that you have given me at this moment and to thank you for this day, I make an offering of all of my thoughts, words, actions, emotions and physical labors as my gifts back to you.  Please use me as you will today.  If there is something else besides what I have planned or unplanned for today that you would will for me today, please make it so.


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