Whilst at Mass yesterday, I noticed this prayer, which is said at the start of every Mass in what is known as the Penitential Act.
“I confess to almighty God and to you, by brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, (and, striking our breast, we say;) through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.”
I noticed once again that it is the men within the community who seem to beat their chests the hardest as they say “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault” and I always feel deeply moved by their humility.
Yesterday it was a man in his forties, who moved me deeply by his act of contrition.
The purpose of the prayer near the start of Mass is to acknowledge our sinfulness and our need of forgiveness.
Even taking this sentiment out of a religious context and simply acknowledging and reflecting, on the times we have hurt others by our actions, or our failure to act, might provide us with a resolve to reach out and put things right which is no bad thing.
I have recently felt hurt by the actions of a very much loved Aunt. I decided last week after many months of anguish to reach out beyond my pain to her needs. I called in to see her with a big bouquet of flowers and just gave her my present moment so that our differences melted into the background.
“therefore I ask blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.”
My next blog will be: “Your Mother”