Last week, I published an Adoration Meditation article — “Harnessing the Power of Fear” — that focused on two types of fear, servile fear and filial fear. You can find the article in the adoration chapel or online at Adoration.com. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend that you do so. There’s a good chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what is says about a prayer that you memorized when you were in second grade.
There’s a prayer that we learned when we were in second grade that we recite every time we receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Despite our familiarity with the prayer, most of us aren’t aware of the hidden meaning of the prayer. I’m referring to the Act of Contrition which begins with the following sentence: