We speak now words of confession.
May they be words of sincerity and not mere lip service. May they be words of voice which do not fall on deaf ears.
We are not so arrogant and stiff-necked to say, “We are perfect and have no failings.”
Rather, do we confess, “We have gone astray, we have offended, we have done wrong.”
We all have committed offenses.
Together we confess these human shortcomings:
The offenses of arrogance, bigotry, and cynicism; of deceit and egotism, flattery and greed, injustice and jealousy.
Some of us kept grudges, were lustful, malicious, or narrow-minded.
Others were obstinate or possessive, quarrelsome, rancorous, or selfish.
There was violence, weakness of will, xenophobia.
We yielded to temptation and showed zeal for bad causes.