He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Praying with the Gospels: The Penitent Thief

Lord, please help me by your grace to be like the penitent thief;
I ask that I might be able to recognize the depth of my sins and,
turning to You in the humble repentance of the broken-hearted,
be granted by Your great mercy entry into the Gate of Paradise.

Titian - Christ and the Good Thief - WGA22832

Note:  The penitent thief from the Gospel is traditionally known in both Eastern Orthodox and Catholic circles as St. Dismas (and other variants on that name).

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