Obra y Omisión

I’ve been to Mass many times with my family when we were in Spain on holiday. I always found it interesting because although the ritual was the same, I didn’t understand any Spanish.

When I was travelling in Spain on my own and learning the language a few years ago, I went to Mass and noticed the difference in the translations of the prayers.

In the Roman Rite of the Catholic Mass, the Penitential Act or Confiteor is said near the beginning of the liturgy. The title of this blog post is the Spanish translation of the following part in the Act:

“…(I have sinned in thought, word, and deed;) in what I have done and in what I have failed to do…”

This line has always struck me as poignant. 

We do say the wrong thing, act unjustly and have unkind, harmful thoughts.

But often, it’s the times when we fail to act that are the most damaging. Times when we fail to speak up and stand up for what is right, just and true.

We are presented with these opportunities every week, every day even, to do the right thing, the most loving thing.

When was the last time you failed to act justly?

What will you do the next time?