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A Contrite Heart

Jan 12, 2022
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The Latin roots of the word contrite are “con” meaning “with” and “terere” meaning “rub or grind down.” Having a contrite heart is an invitation to grind down your own ego, which can be painful at times. However, God welcomes you to participate in the process of humility with him.


Most Holy One, I am sorry with my whole heart,
having turned away from you time and time again.
 Peter denied you three times, so have I.
In your mercy, you forgive and love.
Give me the graces to shed my pride and ego, so as to fully cling to you.


Using the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2–17), the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1–12), or another resource of your choice, examine your conscience this week.

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