Sacrament of Reconciliation

As it is not possible the celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the present time, the Church recommends that we make a thorough examination of our conscience before God and then make an Act of Contrition. We must also resolve to make a sacramental act of confession when it is possible to do so. 

(Cf The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1452)

Perfect contrition is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us.  We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us.

This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.

An 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 Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.