With my whole soul I embrace the mercy which [God] has
exercised towards me through Jesus Christ, atoning for my
sins with the merits of his death and passion, that in this
way he might satisfy for all my crimes and faults, and blot
them from his remembrance. . . . I confess I have failed
innumerable times to execute my office properly, and had
not He, of His boundless goodness, assisted me, all that
zeal had been fleeting and vain. . . . For all these reasons, I
testify and declare that I trust to no other security for my
salvation than this, and this only, viz., that as God is the
Father of mercy, he will show himself such a Father to me,
who acknowledge myself to be a miserable sinner.