you give us this time of salvation
to turn from sin and seek your face.
We ask you to cleanse and purify our hearts;
rouse us to prayer, self-denial
and service of your neighbour,
that we may know the joy of your kingdom
and have our treasure in heaven.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
who is one with you and the HOly Spirit,
now and for ever.
(from Celebrating the Christian Year, Vol II)
Herbert McCabe wrote:
If we go to confession, it is not to plead for forgiveness from God. It is to thank him for it… when God forgives our sins, he is not changing his mind about us. He is changing our minds about him. He does not change; his mind is never anything but loving: he is love.
God, Christ and Us