This past Wednesday, while preparing to repose the Blessed Sacrament, I was considering once again the Scripture, "the Son of Man will be handed over into the hands of sinful men." It isn't a compulsive or obligatory prayer for me - it seems to come to me spontaneously. I was alone in the church - no one comes in late afternoon, which is why the duty of reposition falls to me. For a moment I considered how this loneliness could perhaps be a sharing in that loneliness which mystics sometimes claim our Lord complains of in their private revelations with him... but I dismissed that notion as sentimentality.
Rather my thoughts went to Christ upon the cross, praying, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." It was with this consciousness that I reposed the Blessed Sacrament. It was awesome and made for a very solemn and prolonged genuflection.
This morning I thought, "I shall never be able to do enough penance for all the sins I've committed."
Then I came across the following prayer from the corrected Mass translation which consoled me very much:
Prayer Over The Offerings
Be pleased, O Lord, with our humble prayers and offerings,
and, since we have no merits to plead our cause,
come, we pray, to our rescue
with the protection of your mercy.
Through Christ our Lord.