(St. Teresa of Jesus, from Carmel of Alba de Tormes)
“Prayer to Redeem 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 Jesus