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from my inmost heart. Give me a lively faith in the mercy of my dear Redeemer, and teach me to detest all my past sins and my ingratitude, and to make a firm purpose of amendment, and a sincere resolution to begin a new life.
Blessed Mary, Mother of my Saviour, refuge of sinners, pray for me that through the Passion of Thy Son I may have the happiness to make a good confession. Then make
PRAYER FOR THE GRACE OF CONTRITION.
Touch my heart with true sorrow, O LORD, for having so often carelessly and even wilfully offended against Thee, who lovest me so much, and who hast done with untiring love so much for me. Let my repentance be sincere, that I may escape eternal punishment, and may it produce in me the fruit of a new life, to the salvation of my soul and the glory of Thy holy Name.
ACT OF CONTRITION.
From the Catechism. O my God, who art infinitely good and always hatest sin, I beg pardon from my heart for all my offences against Thee ; I detest them all, and am heartily sorry for them, because they offend Thy infinite goodness; and I firmly resolve, by the help of Thy grace, never more to offend Thee, and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin.
Or the Act of Contrition on page 16.
Confessor should ask you to repeat an Act of Contrition, you may say the one above from the Catechism.
Listen attentively to his advice, and make a sincere Act of Contrition, as he gives you holy Absolution.
Then go and, kneeling down, say your penance and make use of the following prayers :
Merciful Father in Heaven, may this my confession be acceptable to Thee. Be mindful of the merits and prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Peter, and Saint Paul, and all the Saints; and whatever has been wanting, either in my contrition or my confession, do Thou supply, through the Death and Passion of JESUS Christ our Lord.
I return to Thee and give Thee hearty thanks, Lord JESUS, that Thou hast been pleased to absolve me from my sins and to wash me in Thy Precious Blood.
Thou castest out none that sincerely come to Thee, but receivest them into Thy favour and numberest them among Thy children. I thank and adore Thee for Thy mercy and goodness to me; and I give myself wholly to Thy service for the time to
Without Thee I can do nothing. Assist my weakness, and suffer me not again to fall into sin, which separates me from Thee, and which I now am resolved to hate with my whole heart. Bind my heart and soul to Thee with the cords of love, that I may never fall away and suffer Thy just and dreadful punishment in hell. Amen.
A FEW HINTS FOR DAILY
Catechism of Christian Doctrine you will find a Rule of Life, forming the subject of the last two chapters. Follow that rule, and all will be well with you in this world and in the world to come.
The Catechism is a little book, and is so constantly used in school that perbaps you do not think so highly of it as you ought. But be sure of this : it contains the very pith and essence of the knowledge of God and of your duty to Him and your neighbour. The more you grow in this knowledge the more you will value that little
book. Never be satisfied until
know it all by heart and understand it well.
Some give up going to Sunday Catechism when they grow tall, as if that had anything to do with it. They are ashamed to go because little children ave to go too. This is very pitiful. Do not yield to such a temptation. The devil is afraid you should learn too much about God and the things of God.
You begin your day with the sign of the Cross, and by offering your heart and soul to God. You end it with your evening exercise, and you give your last thoughts to your crucified SAVIOUR.
If you live each day as if it were the last it will not matter when the last comes, as you will be found watching-one of God's • faithful servants.'
Above all things you must avoid mortal sin. Compared with it all other evil is no