For this month of March, Pope Francis calls on us to pray and experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth. Also known as the Act of Confession, this sacrament brings sins into the light to heal a faithful’s mind and soul.
“Every single confession is always a new and definitive step towards a more perfect sanctification,” Pope Francis said in March 2020. “It is a tender embrace, full of mercy, which helps to expand the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of love, truth, and peace.”
This month, let us heed the Pope’s call and return to the faith as children of God by practicing the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (Read: If Pope Francis can go to confession, so can you!)
Prayer Before Confession
Receive my confession, O most loving and gracious Lord Jesus Christ, only hope for the salvation of my soul. Grant to me true contrition of soul, so that day and night I may by penance make satisfaction for my many sins.
Savior of the world, O good Jesus, Who gave Yourself to the death of the Cross to save sinners, look upon me, most wretched of all sinners; have pity on me, and give me the light to know my sins, true sorrow for them, and a firm purpose of never committing them again.
O gracious Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of Jesus, I implore you to obtain for me by your powerful intercession these graces from your Divine Son.
St. Joseph, pray for me. Amen.
Prayer from catholic.org.