"In prayer, we have to direct our heart to God to surrender ourselves to him as an offering that should be purified and transformed. In prayer, we see everything in the light of Christ, we let down our guard and we submerge ourselves in the truth and in listening to God, nurturing the fire of our love."
From Pope Benedict's address on Pope Gregory
Surrender, let down our guard...how does one do that without worrying what happens next. If I surrender and let down my guard, all my sins are revealed and though I know that leads to purification, it is so very difficult. What will my sins be replaced with?