prayer to turn all sinners into saints

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Lord, you say that no man may be drawn to you unless you draw him.
Therefore, Lord, I pray that you will draw all people to you,
    regardless of how sinful they are.
I never deserved to be drawn to you, Lord,
    and yet in your great mercy you drew me.
If people around me knew my great wickedness as you do,
    they would marvel at the great goodness you have shown to me.
If you can make such an unworthy creature as me worthy to be your servant,
    then you can turn the lowest sinner into the highest saint.
I beg that you will turn all sinners into saints.

Margery Kempe, c.1373 – c.1438, English mystic and autobiographer

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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.

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