Hear my prayer, Lord; let not my soul faint under your discipline, nor let me faint in confessing to you your mercies, whereby you have saved me from all my most wicked ways until you became sweet to me beyond all the allurements that I used to follow. Let me come to love you wholly, and grasp your hand with my whole heart so that you may deliver me from every temptation, until the very last. And thus, Lord, my King and my God, may all things useful that I learned as a boy now be offered in your service- let it be for your service that I now speak and write and count.

~Saint Augustine, Confessions

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