See this online text:
- Forgiven (excerpt) (Ignatius Press). Available in PDF format (on this page) at Ignatius Press. [N.B., This excellent excerpt contains the sections “Understanding the Healing Power of Confession”, “The Gift of Confession”, “Understanding the Sacrament of Penance”, “Preparing for Confession”, and “Going to Confession: What Do You Say and Do?”. I think that the whole book may be purchased on this page (Forgiven, Leader’s Guide) or on this page (Participant’s Workbook).]
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen. (An Act of Contrition, from EWTN).