to name my sins

Dante’s Inferno – Hoarders and Wasters, Gustave Doré, 1857 via Wikimedia Commons

Almighty and all-merciful God,
  give me strength of spirit to name my sins
  and the courage to feel shame for them.

Let me feel confounded that my sins
  have not destroyed me as others’ have.

Teach me to weep for the hurt and harm
  I have sinfully inflicted on others.

Please, Lord, I really want to live aware
  of how I have let this terrible evil
  root itself in my self
  and in my life world.

Joseph Tetlow, SJ, retreat director and author


My wounds stink and fester
    because of my foolishness,
I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
    all the day I go about mourning.
For my sides are filled with burning,
    and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and crushed;
    I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

Do not forsake me, O Lord!
    O my God, be not far from me!
Make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my salvation!

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