Yet I realize as never before that the Lord is gentle and merciful; He did not send me this heavy cross until I could bear it. If He had sent it before, I am certain that it would have discouraged me, but now it merely takes from me any natural satisfaction I might feel in longing for Heaven.
-St. Therese of Lisieux
O Jesus and Mary, let my entire consolation in this world be to love you and to suffer for sinners.
-St. Bernadette Soubirous
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.