ACT OF HOPE Nr. 4 (By Saint Augustine of Hippo)

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For Your mercies’ sake, O Lord my God,

tell me what You are to me.

Say to my soul: "I am your salvation."

So speak that I may hear, O Lord;

my heart is listening;

open it that it may hear You,

and say to my soul: "I am your salvation."

After hearing this word,

may I come in haste to take hold of you.

Hide not Your face from me.

Let me see Your face even if I die,

lest I die with longing to see it.

The house of my soul is too small to receive You;

let it be enlarged by You.

It is all in ruins;

do You repair it.

There are thing in it,

I confess and I know,

that must offend Your sight.

But who shall cleanse it?

Or to what others besides You shall I cry out?

From my secret sins cleanse me, O Lord,

and from those of others spare your servant.


Amen.