One of the first days that I started my new job, I opened this book at random, and it fell open on page 19, and I read the words:
Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord take me once more into your redeeming embrace. (Pope Francis)
And I found myself with tears in my eyes. This was a prayer that struck every cord in my body. It was exactly the prayer I needed to pray at that moment in my life, and it opened my eyes to the beauty of the mercy of God. I read the rest of the book, and the richness of what God through Jesus has given me in my life was broken open. So when it came to the end, and I did the five-finger prayer, I realised how important it is to pray for others as we are all one family under Christ, in the universal church.
Along with Lumen Fidei, this booklet helped me to rediscover my faith, and helped me on a journey to adult faith. I keep this prayer on my desk and say it every day. So thank you to CTS for publishing such a beautiful booklet.