Lord, I bring the poverty of my soul
to be transformed by your beauty;
the wildness of my passions
to be tamed by your love;
the stubbornness of my will
to be conformed to your commandments
and the yearnings of my heart
to be renewed by your grace;
both now and for ever.
St Catherine of Genoa, 1447-1510, Italian Catholic saint and mystic, admired for her work among the sick and the poor
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.