restoring lost time

O my God! Source of all mercy!
I acknowledge Your sovereign power.
While recalling the wasted years that are past,
   I believe that You, Lord,
   can in an instant turn this loss to gain.
Miserable as I am,
   yet I firmly believe that You can do all things.
Please restore to me the time lost,
   giving me Your grace,
   both now and in the future,
   that I may appear before You in “wedding garments.”
Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582, Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun and Catholic reformer
_____________________

You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
    for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
    that you might comfort me.
 “Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.”

Ecstasy of Saint Teresa

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