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Here you can say the 'Our Father,' the 'Hail Mary'
and 'Glory be to the Father,' and the ‘I believe;' also, if you have time, make the following acts;
ACT OF FAITH.
My God, I firmly believe in Thee; and because Thou art the eternal Truth, I believe all that Thou dost teach me by Thy holy Church.
Strengthen my faith. In this faith I desire to live and die.
ACT OF HOPE.
My God, all my hopes are in Thee, because Thou art almighty, and art able to do what Thou hast said.
Because Thou art a God of mercy, and dost not desire that I should perish, I hope for grace here and glory hereafter.
Strengthen this hope, in which I desire to live and die.
ACT OF CHARITY.
My God, because Thou art so good, and because Thou art so good to me, I love Thee with
whole heart. Make me to love Thee ever more and more. For Thy dear sake, I love my neighbour as myself.
Give me grace in this holy love to live and die.
ACT OF CONTRITION. My God, because Thou art so very good, I am truly sorry from my heart that I have sinned against Thee. I have also deserved Thy anger and Thy dreadful punishment. I beg pardon for having sinned against Thy great goodness, and I firmly resolve, by the help of Thy holy grace, not to offend Thee any more, but to avoid all occasions of sin, for the love of Thee.
Strengthen this sorrow and this resolution in my heart every day until I die.
Mary, my dear Mother, and Mother of Jesus, my God and Saviour, take care of me, thy child, this day, and show thyself a mother to me.
Holy Angels of God, and especially you, my dear Angel-guardian, keep me from harm this day.
All ye holy Angels and Saints of God [Here you may mention your Patron Saint, and any other you please], pray for me.
May our Lord bless us and keep us, and preserve us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life; and may the souls of the faithful dead, through the mercy of GOD, rest in peace.
Amen. Most Holy CHILD JESUS, save Thy children.
Place yourself in the presence of God. + In the Name of the FATHER, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
My God, I believe that Thou art here, and seest all my heart. With my whole heart I adore Thee, and desire to love Thee.
I thank Thee for all Thy goodness to me through my past life, and especially during this day.
Give me grace to see how I have sinned against Thee to-day, and to be truly sorry for what I have done to offend Thee by thought, word, or deed, and also by leaving undone what I ought to have done. Here you may examine your conduct of the day past,
or say the Confiteor, 'I confess, and make your examination at the words 'through my most grievous fault.'
A FEW HINTS IN EXAMINING YOUR
Grievous Sins against the Commandments
which relate directly to God. Have you taken Almighty God's Name in vain; used bad, cursing, or swearing language; spoken irreverently of holy persons and things; said your prayers with wilful distractions ; omitted by your own fault to hear Mass (if a Sunday or holiday
of obligation); eaten flesh-meat without leave (if a Friday or abstinence-day) ?
Less Sins. Have you through laziness neglected your prayers or religious exercises ; murmured, or been impatient in time of trouble ?
Greater Sins against the other
been disobedient to the plain commands of your parents and other superiors ; treated or spoken of them with contempt? Have you set a bad example in any grievous matter; given way to temper so as to wish any one harm; provoked or enticed any one to mortal sin; said, or done, or thought deliberately anything impure; told lies to the injury of any one; spread evil reports out of dislike or hatred ; injured any one by taking what belongs to them, or by cheating?