St. Teresa of Jesus’ “Prayer to Redeem Lost Time”

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(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

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