The Daughter of Hope

The Ladder_St Catherine

    “Once John outran Peter, and now obedience is placed before repentance.  For the one who arrives first represents obedience, the other repentance.

     Repentance is a renewal of baptism and is a contract with God for a fresh start in life.  Repentance goes shopping for humility and is ever distrustful of bodily comfort. Repentance is critical awareness and a sure watch over oneself.  Repentance is the daughter of hope and the refusal to despair.  (The penitent stands guilty but undisgraced.)  Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the performance of good deeds which are the opposite of the sins.  It is the purification of conscience, and the voluntary endurance of affliction.  The penitent deals out his own punishment, for repentance is the fierce persecution of the stomach and the flogging of the soul into intense awareness.

     Come, gather round, listen here and I will speak to all of you who have angered the Lord. Crowd round me, and see what he has revealed to my soul for your edification.”

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, “On Penitence”

~ by Alypius on May 13, 2009.

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