Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (official text)
Most sweet Jesus, You have bestowed on men the benefits of Your charity, but their ingratitude only responds with forgetfulness, negligence and spite. Thus here we prostrate ourselves before Your altar, inspired by the desire to make reparation through a special homage for their culpable indifference and the outrages which, in all ways, they oppress Your most loving Heart.
Nevertheless, we remember that we ourselves have been guilty of unworthy conduct in the past, and filled with profound sorrow, we implore Your mercy for us first of all. By voluntary expiation, we are ready to atone for the faults we have committed, ready also to expiate for those who, led astray from the way of salvation and remaining obstinate in their infidelity, refuse to follow You, their Shepherd and chief, thus throwing off the yoke of Your law and trampling the promises of their Baptism.
We would like to expiate for too many lamentable faults, making reparation for each of the following: our disorderly conduct, indecent fashions, scandalous corruption of innocent souls, profanation of Sundays and feasts, detestable blasphemies against You and against Your Saints, insults to your Vicar and to Your priests, reckless violations and odious sacrileges to the divine Sacrament of Your love, and finally the public sins of nations who revolt against the rights and authority of Your Church.
If only we could erase so many offenses with our own blood! At the least we wish to make reparation to Your outraged honor. We present to You even the satisfaction that You have offered to Your Father on the Cross, and the offering You have renewed each day on the altar. We present that sacrifice to You, accompanied with all the acts of atonement made by the Most Holy Virgin Your Mother, the Saints, and by faithful Christians. We promise You with all of our hearts, with the help of Your grace, to use all our means to do penance for our past faults and those of our neighbor. By the fervor of our faith, the purity of our life, and by perfect docility to the precepts of the Gospel, we desire to atone for the indifference toward such a great love, to which belongs all charity. We also promise You to make every effort to spare You new offenses and to lead the most souls possible to follow You.
Agreed, we offer You in this matter, O most good Jesus, by the intercession of the gracious Virgin Mary, Reparatrix, this spontaneous homage of expiation. Guard us until death, keeping us unshakably faithful to our duty and to Your service. Accord to us this precious gift of perseverance, which leads us finally to our native land where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, You reign, God, forever and ever. Amen.
Indulgence of 300 days. Plenary indulgence one time per month for the customary recitation (with confession, communion and visit to a church). For public recitation on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Indulgence of seven years and 280 days, and a plenary indulgence for those who confess and receive communion.
Confession and the act of Reparation…They go hand in hand… seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness...For what we have confessed with our lips…let us then make amends. We need to do penance… we need to make reparation for we have sinned... But getting there is only half the battle. We need to realize that we have sinned... as a whole, we have turned our backs on Heavenly Father. We have complied with the devil…We have sinned against the Lord. We are no better than those who stand accused. We have sinned as well. Oh, not in the same way as the bishops and cardinals…but we have sinned… unfortunately, some of us are guilty for so much more. All of us should be praying for forgiveness … falling prostrate and begging for mercy…
As we end this first week of September, with the scandals of the Church still swirling around... still gaining steam…there is a division growing in the hearts of many men. It seems that many outside of the Church are acting a bit smug at the turmoil that is rocking the Faith of so many. Many protestant church ‘ministers’ are so attached to their protest against the True Faith, that they seem somewhat ‘giddy‘ at the disorder that is causing Catholics to question their faith, while causing others to abandon the Faith all together. But nothing can compare to the arrogance of those who have sinned, to laugh and mock… to pretend that they have done nothing wrong… In our pride we often scoff at the notion of sin … Dear Lord, have mercy…
Well, as part of the Church Militant, we have our tasks. It is up to us. It is our job to fight against this evil. It is our duty to serve the Lord... to protect His beautiful Bride here on earth. We must gather ourselves for the storm. In order to properly prepare ourselves for this battle, we must first ask God for His forgiveness…we must confess our sins… we need to free ourselves from all of our distractions… from our attachment to our disorders, so that we may stand in the ready. And then we must be willing to make amends…to offer sacrifice as a remedy for our sins… for the sins of men. We must be willing to stand at the front of this line… fighting the temptations of the world…Giving ourselves to God. We are the soldiers of this present time. We are His soldiers. We have been called to fight this battle… against sin…. against temptation… against evil in the world. We have been called to fight this work of the devil. As the book of Ephesians notes; we are to battle against “the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” It will prove to be a difficult ride. Not for the faint of heart. May the Good Lord bless us all.