we cannot do anything
and you yourself
cannot act in us
without our cooperation.
We thank you
for being able to do so much;
but, at the same time,
we see our basic inability
to live up to the fullness of your love.
Make us welcome your salvation,
not as a chance to better our lives,
but as the only source of freedom,
without which we cannot break
every last bond
that keeps us enslaved
Pierre Talec, 1933- 2016, French priest and author
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.