Monday, March 16, 2009

The Fifteenth Day: St Gregory Palamas on Repentance


Dear Parish Faithful,


GREAT LENT - The Fifteenth Day


"Repentance is to hate sin and to love virtue, to avoid what is bad and to do what is good."

"The person repenting with all his soul reaches God by both his good disposition and his opposition to sin."

"The awareness of one's own sins is followed by conscious self-reproach, and self-reproach is followed by sorrow on account of one's sin, a sorrow which St. Paul referred to as godly. An offshoot of this godly sorrow is redeeming Confession and supplication to God with a contrite heart, together with the promise to henceforth abstain from evil. This is repentance."

~ St. Gregory Palamas (+1359)

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