Our gaze is also filled with remorse which before your eloquent silence implores your mercy:
remorse which germinates in the certainty that you alone can save us from evil; you alone can heal us from our leprosy of hate, selfishness, pride, greed, vengeance, avarice, idolatry; you alone can embrace us again, restoring our filial dignity and rejoicing in our return to home, to life;
remorse which blossoms from feeling our pettiness, our nothingness, our vanity, and which allows itself to be caressed by your pleasing and powerful call to conversion;
remorse of David who, from the abyss of his misery, found in you his unique strength;
remorse which arises from our shame, which is born from the certainty that our heart will always be unsettled until we find you and in you its sole source of fulfillment and calm;
the remorse of Peter who, in meeting your gaze, wept bitterly for having denied you before men.
Lord Jesus, grant us always the grace of holy remorse!
(PRAYER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS 30 March 2018)
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