Our foes are really our own distorted thoughts and selfish habits, which wreak more damage than we often imagine.
“We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws. But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!” – Daniel 9:5,9.
Gracious and merciful is God! (cf. Jl 2:13)
Let us pray for ourselves and for all sinners:
R/ O Lord, hear! O Lord, pardon! (Dn 9:19)
Forgive us our pride: R/
Forgive us our stubbornness of heart: R/
Forgive us our anger against one another: R/
Forgive us our greed in all its forms: R/
Forgive us our mercilessness: R/
Forgive us the harm we have done: R/
Personal Intentions: R/
God of mercy and compassion, you hold out to us the hand of your mercy to raise us up from the misery our selfish sinfulness has brought upon us and upon those whose lives we touch. Teach us to weep where we have caused weeping, to mourn where we have caused mourning, and to lift up what we have brought low. In hope and trust, we turn to you for healing, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The above prayers are taken from Magnificat, October 2017, Vol. 19, No. 8.