Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Desert Fathers, Sunday, June 24, 2012, St. John Climacus

English: St. John Climacus Русский: Иоанн Лест...
English: St. John Climacus Русский: Иоанн Лествичник. Фрагмент новгородской иконы «Иоанн Лествичник, Георгий и Власий». Государственный Русский музей, Санкт-Петербург, Россия. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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