Qui Mariam absolvisti,
Et latronem exaudisti,
Mihi quoque spem dedisti.
Through the sinful woman shriven,
Through the dying thief forgiven,
Thou to me a hope hast given.
Ultimately, it is what we see in others before us which allows us not only to believe, but to know, that God not only has infinite love, but that He will give us His mercy if we are only humble enough to recognize our faults, and ask for the mercy of His love.