Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
From Psalm 51
During our forty-day liturgical season of penitence we acknowledge the presence of sin in our lives. Scripture helps us to avoid denial.
“Who can say: My heart is pure; I am not a sinner?” Proverbs 20:9
“If we claim to be sinless, we deceive ourselves; but if we acknowledge our sins, the God who is faithful and just will forgive us.” 1 John 1:8,9
Our merciful God will forgive repentant sinners. We begin by seeking self-knowledge.
Repentance requires honesty:
Honesty with oneself to acknowledge one’s sins.
Honesty with God to confess one’s sins.
Yet the commonest sin is lying:
Lying to oneself, ignoring one’s sins,
Lying to others, for selfish ends.
If I am lying to myself
May God open my inward eyes to see,
And may I repent of every sin.
Source: "Self-Knowledge in Celtic Prayers by Robert Van De Weyer