With a h/t to Tiber Jumper
As the passage of time would tend to indicate, I am struggling with the telling of my story. One factor that looms large is sorrow and regret of the "if I only knew then what I know now" type.
So I found this portion of today's Christmas Novena prayer very comforting:
I love Thee, my dear God; I love Thee, my only good. I regret the many years when I have not loved Thee, but rather spurned and offended Thee. Forgive me, O my beloved Redeemer; for I am sorry that I have thus treated Thee, and I regret it with all my heart. Pardon me, and give me the grace never more to withdraw from Thee, but constantly to love Thee in all the years that still lie before me in this life. My love, I give myself entirely to Thee; accept me, and do not reject me as I deserve.
Please be patient with me. God isn't finished with me yet!
The entire Novena from the EWTN website