"God our Father, we find it difficult to come to you, because our knowledge of you is imperfect. In our ignorance we have imagined you to be our enemy; we have wrongly thought that you take pleasure in punishing our sins; and we have
foolishly conceived you to be a tyrant over human life. But since Jesus came among us, he has shown that you are loving, and that our resentment against you was groundless."
(St. Augustine of Hippo)
"How much time do you devote to prayer in your everyday life? What place does prayer have on your list of the most important things you are to do? Before what and after what do you place it? Does it head the list of your life's affairs, or is it the least important? What about your examination of conscience, which is the looking at yourself in the face of God? The answers to these questions will indicate what is more important than God in your life." (The Gift of Faith, pg. 192)