Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again;
You have broken me –
now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from Your presence,
and don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
and make me willing to obey You.
– Psalm 51:7-12 (NLT)
“We are born, each of us, with a desire for good
and a lust for evil.
We are called to life
and attracted to death.
We hear: “Do good,”
and we respond: “Choose pleasure.”
Sometimes when God reaches out to us we disdain Him.
Even so, God does not forsake us.
His gracious pity shows itself in our lives
in an abundance of mercy and compassion,
looking upon the sorrows of all who attempt to follow Him.
He is with us to console and save our souls,
to prepare us for eternal life, not eternal death.
His grace precedes and follows us,
so that we can, with passion, receive and fulfill His words of life.”
– St Hildegard of Bingen
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.
Create in me a clean heart, that I may truly love You.