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When you need hope, turn to this prayer of St. Augustine

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 08/28/19

O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me ...

This Act of Hope is widely attributed to St. Augustine. Let us turn to it, that we might grow in hope for the only thing we truly need:

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 things 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.



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