Prayers for Confession & Spiritual Life

Prayer is essential for spiritual growth and for the sacramental life. Dr. Peter Kreeft explains how prayer is even more important than eating: “Eating keeps your body alive, and prayer keeps your soul alive. Praying is more important than eating because your soul is more important than your body. Your soul is more important than your body because your soul is you, your personality, your self.”

St. John Chrysostom says, “It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.”

Here we have provided you with some prayers to help you grow in virtue and your Catholic Faith, to help you in spiritual warfare, and to help you make a Good Confession.

Click on a prayer or link to read more. We recommend you print some of these prayers and keep them with you to pray throughout the day or the next time you go to Confession.

The Rosary

“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” –St. Josemaria Escriva

In praying the Rosary, we reflect on the mysteries of the life of Christ, but we can also pray for particular virtues associated with the decades of the Rosary. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reap the virtues of praying the Rosary!

How to Pray the Rosary: Its Virtues and Fruits

St. Michael the Archangel Prayer for Daily Spiritual Battle

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -by the Divine Power of God – cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Confession Prayers

Here are prayers for before, during, and after Confession, including the Act of Contrition.

Holy Scripture

We also recommend you pray with the Bible—a necessity for advancing in faith and virtue. Perhaps you can read the New Testament Book of Romans, which is full of wisdom to help you in your sacramental life. You also may want to check out the method of Lectio Divina to help you learn how to pray with Scripture.


Also, we highly recommend making the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena a part of your regular devotion.