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Encouragement to Women from Pope John Paul II
"To you, Yahweh, I call, to my God I cry for mercy."
"Listen, Yahweh, take pity on me, Yahweh, be my help."
"I seek Yahweh and he answers me, frees me from all my fears."
"I made my sin known to you, did not conceal my guilt. I said, 'I shall confess my offense to Yahweh.' And you, for your part, took away my guilt, forgave my sin."
"For I am well aware of my offenses, my sin is constantly in my mind. Against you, you alone, I have sinned, I have done what you see to be wrong."
"Yahweh is near to the brokenhearted, he helps those whose spirit is crushed."
"Purify me with hyssop till I am clean, wash me till I am whiter than snow."
"God, create in me a clean heart, renew within me a resolute spirit."
"Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger and rich in faithful love; his indignation does not last for ever, nor his resentment remain for all time; he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us as befits our offenses."
"Fix your gaze on Yahweh and your face will grow bright, you will never hang your head in shame."
"They cried out to Yahweh, in their distress; he rescued them from their plight, he sent out his word and cured them, and rescued their life from the abyss."
From Psalms 30, 32, 24, 51, 103 and 107; translation from the New Jerusalem Bible.