Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Monday 05 June |
Saint of the Day: St. Boniface of Mainz
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

A beautiful prayer to redeem lost time by St. Teresa of Avila


By MIA Studio | Shutterstock

Philip Kosloski - published on 07/06/18

When you feel like time has been wasted in your life, pray this prayer.

What can God do in your life with one Bible verse a day?
Subscribe to Aleteia's new service and bring Scripture into your morning:
Just one verse each day.
Click to bring God's word to your inbox

There are times during our lives when we feel like a day, month or year has been lost. Looking back, we see our own foolishness and how we did not use our time wisely and instead spent it on useless things.

It can be a depressing thought, but the good news is that God can redeem that time and bring it under his divine will.

St. Teresa of Avila composed a beautiful prayer on this topic, imploring God to transform that time from “loss to gain.” If you are feeling particularly down about the past, pray this prayer and trust that God can bring about a greater good from whatever time was wasted.

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.

Looking for more prayers? Check out our page of “Prayers for a Particular Need.”


Read more:
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition


Read more:
This simple prayer of St. Teresa of Avila can calm your nerves

Prayers for a Particular NeedSaints
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.