Listening to Tradition, Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract 
with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. 
Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is 
self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is 
the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent 
is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the 
Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. 
Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the 
voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the 
inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty 
persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into 
vigorous awareness. 

St. John Climacus 

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