Examination of Conscience/Act of Perfect Contrition

An Act of Perfect Contrition can be done when one lacks access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation or cannot go to confession for any reason.

It requires genuine sorrow for one’s sins and the sincere intention to make a regular confession as soon as one is able to do so safely.

It may include an examination of conscience and the recitation of an Act of Contrition. Examples of both are given below:

Examinations of Conscience >

Act of Contrition:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. 

I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

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