St. Augustine of Hippo
St. Augustine, the once prodigal son of St. Monica, was the quintessential party boy. He played fast and loose, loved the ladies, and fathered a son out of wedlock. Augustine was smart, although pride dulled his razor-sharp mind to reject what he'd been raised to believe. The prayers of his mother prevailed, however, along with the preaching of St. Ambrose. He realized the truth of Christianity, but was too busy sinning to do anything about it. That is, until compunction seized him.
One day, full of sorrow for his sins, Augustine sat in a garden. He heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" So he picked up the book beside him, The Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage he saw. The apostle's words told him to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. Thus Augustine's life began anew.
Look to Augustine's example if your sins are infamous, and your mother is wringing her praying hands. If you steal away with your sorrows and listen to the child within, you just may find yourself yearning for the Father arms of God. Go ahead and embrace him.