From The Path of Celtic Prayer, Miller reminds us that ” The self-sufficient, on the other hand, see God as a mere topic of discussion. Therefore, only the needy really have a God.”
Attributed to a ninth-century Welsh poet:
Grant me tears, O Lord, to blot out my sins;
may I not cease from tears, O God, until I have been purified.
May my heart be burned by the fire of redemption…
Grant me contrition of heart so that I may not be in disgrace:
O Lord, protect me and grant me tears,
O Creator flowing in streams from my eyes.
For my anger, my jealousy, and my pride, a foolish deed, in pools
from my inmost parts bring forth tears.
My falsehood, my lying and my greed, grievous the three,
to banish them all from me…grant me tears.