Our Morning Offering – 12 February – Tuesday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year C
Remember Your Mercies, Lord
By Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)
O Lord, my God,
You are my all and every good.
And what am I,
that I should presume to address You?
I am the poorest of Your servants
and a wretched worm,
far more poor and worthless
than I can ever realise or express.
Yet, Lord, remember that I am nothing,
I have nothing and can do nothing.
You alone are good, just and holy,
You can do all things,
fill all things,
bestow all things,
leaving only the wicked empty-handed.
Remember Your mercies, Lord
and fill my heart with Your grace,
since it is Your will
that none of Your works should be worthless.
How can I endure this life of sorrows,
unless You strengthen me
with Your mercy and grace?
Do not turn Your face from me,
do not delay Your coming,
nor withdraw Your consolation from me,
lest my soul become like a waterless desert.
Teach me, O Lord, to do Your will,
teach me to live worthily and humbly in Your sight,
for You are my wisdom,
who know me truly
and who knew me before the world was made
and before I had my being.