St. Dominic often used to pray by throwing himself face down on the ground, and saying, "God be merciful to me a sinner" (Luke 18:13). He would quote the repentant words of David (2 Sam. 24:17), Psalm 43 ("my soul is laid low in the dust, my heart is stuck to the earth") or Psalm 118 ("my soul sticks to the floor; make me alive according to your promise").
He exhorted the young men, "if you cannot weep for your own sins, because you have none, still there are many sinners to be directed to God's love and mercy . . . and for their sake too Jesus wept when he saw them."
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