“I cannot pray but I sin. I cannot hear or preach a sermon but I sin. I cannot give an alms or receive the sacrament but I sin. Nay, I cannot so much as confess my sins, but my very confessions are still aggravations of them. My repentance needs to be repented of, my tears need washing, and the very washing of my tears needs still to be washed over again with the blood of my Redeemer.”
William Beveridge, Private Thoughts (London, 1720), page 52.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
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