The Word Among Us

June 2008 Issue

“I Am Heartily Sorry. . .”

The Act of Contrition

After having confessed your sins, your confessor will probably offer some advice or maybe even ask a few more questions to help open your heart to the healing grace of this sacrament. Then, he will invite you to make an act of contrition before he says the prayer of absolution.

Traditionally, the Act of Contrition was a set prayer that everyone was urged to memorize and recite in the confessional. A form of that prayer...

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