"That all possible kinds of mortification, if they were void of the love of God, could not efface a single sin. That we ought, without anxiety, to expect the pardon of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ, only endeavoring to love Him with all our hearts. That God seemed to have granted the greatest favors to the greatest sinners, as ore signal monuments of his mercy."
Brother Lawrence (ca. 1670 AD): a monk who knew that no human effort could earn God's favor . . . it's all about trusting and believing that God loves, redeems, and forgives schmucks like us!