Let my trust be in Your mercy, not in myself. Let my hope be in Your love, not in health, or strength, or ability or human resources.
If I trust You, everything else will become, for me, strength, health, and support. Everything will bring me to heaven. If I do not trust You, everything will be my destruction.
Thomas Merton. Thoughts in Solitude.
Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.
May I realize my nothingness all my days
a long emptiness singing,
rising from dust
because of Your infinite mercy
this cross of ash
I do wear.