Contemplate and apply these words


Contemplate and apply these words:
If I am in Christ, as St. Paul says, I am a new creature; I live no longer to myself but for God in Christ for others.  But if I look at myself very carefully, I know I am not a new creature at all, because the old self is a very stubborn self….the grace of God is not merely the power of Christ in us, but it is the mercy of God towards us, that is, forgiveness.” Reinhold Niebuhr
“The sacrifice acceptable to God is a contrite spirit; a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  (Ps. 51)