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Reflection on this Sunday's Mass Readings

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An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen

Act of Contrition

All the bishops of England and Wales have suggested that at this time we make an Act of Perfect Contrition, as we cannot currently celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our bishop says, “I urge all the faithful in my diocese to make a perfect act of contrition at this time, noting that 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”.

Act of Contrition

The following or similar formula should be used: 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.