IN TOUCH 4 – Sunday – March 29, 2020.

MEDITATION 3 – Fr. Walter reads todays Gospel in light of the Corona Virus Pandemic.


A friend, who is in isolation, (so he cannot come to church for confession), asked me how he can receive the forgiveness of God for his sins. HERE IS THE ANSWER, which can be good for many of our friends, who cannot get out of the house/apartment.

    Pope Francis a few days ago spoke exactly for your need. He said that
those who cannot go to a priest, they are invited to do A PERFECT ACT OF
CONTRITION and promise to go to confession as soon as they can.
A perfect act of contrition is to be sorry of our sins, not because we merit
the punishment of hell, but because we have offended such a good God, who
deserve all our love.


1 – 5 minutes of examination of conscience. Maybe you can make a list of all
that you want to ask Jesus forgiveness for.
2 – Say: Dear God the Father, forgive me for I am a sinner.
3 – Go through your list of sins and at the end say… for all these sins I am
truly sorry.
4 – Say the Act of PERFECT CONTRITION:  

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.

In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you,

whom I should love above all things.

I firmly intend with your help, to do penance, to sin no more

and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

Then you can also do the ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.


My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart. (….)
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself totally to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. AMEN.

And if you like you can finish with the MEMORARE to the BLESSED MOTHER.

FINALLY, let me suggest a great song: ANIMA CHRISTI


Anima Christi, sanctifica me.

Corpus Christi, salva me.

Sanguis Christi, inebria me.

Aqua Lateris Christi, lava me.

Passio Christi, conforta me.

O bone Jesu, exaudi me.

Ne permittas me separari a te.

Ab hoste maligno defende me.

In hora mortis meae voca me.

Et iube me venire ad te.

Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te,

In saecula saeculorum. Amen

“Soul of Christ, sanctify me!

Body of Christ, save me!
Blood of Christ, inebriate me!
Water from the side of Christ, wash me!
Passion of Christ, strengthen me!
O good Jesus, hear me!

Within Thy wounds hide me;
Permit me not to be separated from Thee;
from the malignant enemy, defend me;
in the hour of death, call me

and bid me come over to Thee,
that with Thy saints I may praise

Thee forever and ever, Amen.”


About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.