Today’s Old Testament reading gives us the Prayer of Daniel, a prayer of repentance. Here is part of it: ‘To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness; because we have rebelled against him, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets’.

St Thérèse of Lisieux said, ‘He is love and mercy – that is all!’ May we trust in His mercy, as we approach Him with true penitence, asking for a new heart and a new spirit. May God bless you this day.