A Litany of Forgiveness


mary-magdaleneThe Lenten season is filled with reminders to forgive. And, as difficult as it can be to forgive others, it can be just as hard to ask forgiveness for ourselves.

This litany is a great exercise in asking for forgiveness, especially from God. It can be prayed in addition to an examination of conscience, during family prayer or before going to Confession.

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LITANY OF FORGIVENESS

Lord Jesus Christ, you said: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

Yet we are preoccupied with money and worldly goods and put our trust in what we possess rather than in your care for us.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said: Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Yet we are so concerned about our own rights and self-interest and so little concerned about serving others.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Yet we are impatient under our burdens and unconcerned about the burdens of others.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall have their fill.

Yet we do not thirst for you, the fountain of all holiness, and we are satisfied with half-measures and mediocrity.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said: Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.

Yet we are so quick to condemn, so slow to forgive.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said: Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Yet we have often regarded persons created in your image as objects of our own lusts and can not raise our eyes to you.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Yet we are so often ruthless with each other, and our homes and our world are full of discord and resentments.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Lord, Jesus Christ. you said: Blessed are those who suffer persecution for holiness’ sake, for the Kingdom of God is theirs.

Yet we suffer no opposition because we have been ashamed of you, our Crucified Savior, and have lived worldly compromises of your Gospel.

 

Have mercy on us,

O Lord, have mercy on us. Amen.

 

(Source: The Catholic Doors Ministry)


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4 Responses to A Litany of Forgiveness

  1. thank you very much for sharing this.. God bless us all who need this.. Have mercy on us, Oh Lord have mercy on us

  2. Mary Valenzuela says:

    Thank you this is very powerful. Reminded me of what I am here to do through the will of God.

  3. Maureen O'Brien says:

    Forgetting to judge others is so easy and remembering to judge ourselves is so hard we pray YOU TEACH US YOUR SELFLESSNESS, OH LORD.

  4. Margaret says:

    I FIND MYSELF AT THE END OF LENT & REALLY HAVE DONE NOTHING 2 PREPARE MYSELF FOR EASTER & THIS TIME OF NEW BEGININGS. USUALLY DURING LENT I LOOK AT MY LIFE & C WHAT IS WORKING & WHAT IS NOT. THIS YR I DID NOT DO THIS AS DEEP AS I USUALLY DO. HOWEVER, IN LATE JAN I WAS TOLD I HAVE A LARGE MASS DEEP IN MY BRAIN NEAR THE BRAIN STEM, THIS HAS OCCUPIED MOST OF MY THOUGHTS & IMMPRESSED ON ME THE IMPORTANCE OF TURNING MY LIFE AROUND & TAKING IT OFF HOLD WHILE I WAIT 4 SOMEONE ELSE 2 GET THEIR LIFE ON TRACK…. THANK YOU 4 THIS READING I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH…. GOD BLESS

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