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!