A Nightly Act of Contrition

I have made it a habit to mediate on my my day before I go to bed every evening.  This has really helped to strengthen me spiritually.  Taking the time to look at my faults during the day, help me realize where I am failing and where I have grown.  Afterwards I say the Act of Contrition.  This is really an amazing prayer the church has given us.
There are many different ones I have seen over the years.  I tend to combine a couple that I have been exposed to, but the roots of the Act of Contrition that I use is one I learned and heard as a child and is in a prayer book that was my Grandpa’s (my mom’s dad). 
But as I am getting ready for bed this evening, I thought I would post my Act of Contrition and ask for forgiveness and promise to continue to amend my life through the grace of our Lord.
Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for offending thee, for I detest all my sins, because I fear the lost Heaven and the pains of hell, but most of because they offend thee, my God, who is all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to sin no more, to avoid the near occasion of sin and to amend my life.
In the name of Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

~ by Polish Jedi on May 18, 2009.

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