our corrupted nature overpowers us, when we are sick of ourselves,
weakened on all sides, discouraged by repeated lapses, wearied with
sin and sorrow, we gently, sweetly lay the whole account at His
Reconciled and encouraged by His
appointed representative, yet trembling and conscious of our
imperfect dispositions, we draw near the sacred fountain.
Scarcely the expanded heart
receives its longing desire, then wrapped in his love, cowered with
His righteousness, we are no longer the same.
St. Elizabeth Seton (convert, wife
with five children and founder of the order of the Daughters of
Charity of St. Joseph to care for orphans, the sick and parochial