The Following of Christ
BY THOMAS A KEMPIS
Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1941
------PRAYERS FOR CONFESSION------
O MY God, although I have been so ungrateful to Thee in times
past, yet now I beseech Thee to accept me, returning to Thee with an
earnest desire to repent,
and to devote myself to Thee, my Lord and my God, and to praise Thy
holy Name forever.
Grant me, I beseech Thee, perfect contrition for my sins, that I may
detest them with the deepest sorrow of heart. Send forth Thy light into
my soul, and discover to me all those sins which I ought to confess at
this time. Assist me by Thy grace, that I may be able to declare them
to the priest, fully, humbly, and with a contrite heart, and so obtain
perfect remission of them all through Thine infinite goodness. Amen.
Here examine your conscience.
Acts of Contrition.
O MY God! I am very sorry that I have offended Thee, because Thou art
so good: and I will not sin again. My Lord and my God, I sincerely
myself a vile and wretched sinner, unworthy to appear in Thy presence;
but do Thou have mercy on me, and save me.
Most loving Father, I have sinned against and before Thee, and am
unworthy to be called Thy child; make me as one of Thy servants, and
may I for the future be ever faithful to Thee. I am now resolved, with
the help of Thy grace, to be more watchful over myself, to amend my
faults and fulfill Thy law. Look down on me with the eyes of mercy, O
God, and blot out my sins.
Say the Our
Father and the Hail Mary.
O ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, Who, according to the
multitude of Thy tender mercies, hast been pleased once more to receive
me, after so many times going astray from Thee, and to admit me to this
Sacrament of forgiveness: I give Thee thanks
with all the powers of my soul for this and all other mercies, graces,
and blessings bestowed on me; and casting myself at Thy sacred feet,
I offer myself to be henceforth Thine. Let nothing in life or death
ever separate me from Thee. I renounce with my whole soul all the sins
of my past life. I renew my promises made in Baptism, and from this
moment I give myself eternally to Thy love and service. Grant that for
the time to come I may hate sin more than death itself, and avoid all
such occasions and company as have unhappily brought me to it.
Now say your penance.