The Forgiveness Prayer

Lord Jesus, I ask today for the grace to forgive. Lord, I forgive You for the times death came into the family, sickness, financial difficulties or what I thought were punishments and people said that it was God's will. I then became rebellious and bitter. Today, purify my heart and my mind, Lord Jesus.

Lord, I forgive myself for my delving into superstition, using Ouija boards, reading horoscopes, going to seances, using fortune telling, palm reading, wearing lucky charms. I reject all these superstitions and accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with you Holy Spirit.

Lord, I forgive my mother for the times she hurt me, resented me, was angry with me, punished me, preferred my brothers and sisters to me, told me I was dumb, ugly, stupid, the worst of the children, that I cost the family a lot of money, that I was unwanted, an accident, a mistake, or not what she expected.

I forgive my father for any non-support, lack of love, lack of affection, lack of attention, lack of companionship. I forgive him for his fighting, arguing, desertion, being away from home, divorcing my mother, or any running around, for his drinking, for his harsh criticism.

I forgive my brothers and sisters, those who rejected me, lied about me, hated me, resented me, competed for my parents' love, physically harmed me, were too severe on me, made my life miserable.

I forgive my marriage partner for lack of love, lack of attention, lack of communication, for faults, failings, weaknesses, or those other acts or words that hurt or disturbed me.

Lord, I forgive my children for their lack of respect, lack of obedience, lack of love, lack of warmth, lack of understanding, for their bad habits, falling away from the Church.

Lord, I forgive my blood relatives, grandmothers and grandfathers, uncles and aunts, others who may have interfered in our family, caused confusion, turned one parent against the other.

Lord, I forgive my in-laws, most especially my mother-in-law, also my father-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-law, and other relatives by marriage who have hurt me in any way.

Lord, I forgive my co-workers who are disagreeable, make life miserable, push their work off on me, gossip about me, won't cooperate with me, try to take my job.

My neighbours need to be forgiven, Lord, for their noise, late night parties, barking dogs that keep me awake, for their fighting and arguing, their gossiping.

Lord, I forgive all priests, all nuns, all bishops, my parish, parishes of the past, parish councils, all church agencies and the Roman Catholic Church for all their change, lack of support, pettiness, bad sermons, lack of friendliness, not affirming me as they should, not providing me with inspiration, not using me in a key position, not using me in a major capacity, for any hurts they have inflicted on me or my family, even in the distant past, I forgive them.

I forgive all professional people who have hurt me in any way: doctors, nurses, lawyers, judges, politicians and civil servants.

I forgive all service people: policemen, firemen, bus drivers, social workers, most especially automobile mechanics and television repairmen who may have ripped me off.

I forgive my employer for not paying me enough money, for not appreciating my work, for being unkind and unreasonable, angry, unfriendly, for not promoting me.

I forgive all school teaches and instructors of the past as well as of the present, Lord; those who insulted me, those who humiliated me, those who made fun of me, those who called me dumb or stupid, those who made me stay after school.

Lord, I forgive my friends who have let me down, lost contact with me, were not available when I needed help, borrowed money and did not return it.

Lord Jesus, I especially pray that I may forgive myself for hurting my parents, for getting drunk, using dope, for those sins agains purity, bad books, bad movies, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, stealing, lying, cheating, and defrauding.

Lord, I beg pardon of all these people for the hurt I have inflicted on them, especially my mother, father, children and marriage partner. I thank You, Lord, for the love that has come to me through them. AMEN.