The Memorare (Prayer to our Lady)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me.
Prayer to Mary for a Good Mind
(A. Hanrion, S.J.)
O Mary, my Mother,
I offer you my soul, my mind, and my heart.
Make of me God's instrument.
Give me a penetrating mind to discover,
firm to judge,
open to understand,
free to serve the truth;
an honest mind in telling what it sees rather than what it wants to see;
a tolerant mind which does not dictate to other people,
but which explain what it sees clearly;
a mind infused by the light and the truth of your Son Jesus,
patient in faith,
while waiting for the vision of eternal life.
The Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Lord Jesus Christ, most holy Redeemer, you make all things new. Your word promises: Whoever is in Christ has become a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.
Renew us, and heal us with your love.
Make new my mind: Let me see life and death, time and eternity, this world and beyond, with the eyes of faith. Make new my will: Let me walk more loyally in the way of your commandments.
Renew us, and heal us with your love.
Make new my heart: Let me love you truly and love others for your sake. Make new, Lord Jesus, my whole life: Let there be no more sin, no more compromise, but only devotion to you.
Renew us, and heal us with your love. I bring to you, dearest Lord, my life as it is—my hopes and dreams; my struggles and pains; my fears, anxieties, and addictions; my hurts; my talents; my achievements; my disappointments; and my sickness. I bring to you all whom I love. I entrust all to you and with confident faith. I take heart; for you make all things new.
Prayer for St. Dymphna’s (Patron Saint of Depression and Mental Illness) Intercession:
Good Saint Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need (mention it). Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request. (Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.) Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
How to go to confession:
While some churches have confession available every day, most have the sacrament available on Saturdays or by appointment.
When you arrive, take some time to examine your conscience. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to remember where you’ve fallen away from God. Using the methods above will help you to do this. You could also say a prayer for the priest before entering the confessional.
When you enter, the priest may begin by greeting you or reading Scripture. You may respond by saying: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been [the number of days, weeks, months, or years] since my last confession.” You may also use your own words if you like, but you should give the priest an idea of how long it has been since your last confession.
After stating your sins (including how often they occurred), it is good to add: “I am sorry for these sins and all the sins of my life.” The priest will give you a penance—usually a prayer to say, a Scripture passage to read, or a charitable act to perform. He will then invite you to say an act of contrition. You may offer the following one or use your own words to express sorrow for your sins:
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments. But I am sorry most of all because they offend you who are all good and worthy of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.
You also might use a simple act of contrition such as “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (see Luke 18:9–14).
After the priest sees that you are genuinely repentant, he will give you absolution, saying:
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, the priest may say: “Go in peace.” And you say: “Thanks be to God.” Or he may say: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” And you say: “His mercy endures forever.”
Although these steps using the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes may seem a bit intimidating, don’t be worried about following a perfect formula. What God looks at is the sincerity of your heart.