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Act of Contrition

No man knows the hour at which Jesus will call him to account for his earthly life. We do well to ask His forgiveness for our faults, our faults, our most grievous faults, every evening, so that if He should call us in the night we will have done all we could to be prepared. In addition, we should ask Jesus to forgive us anytime we have committed a serious sin.

The Act of Contrition is no substitute for sacramental Confession.

Act of Contrition

O My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.