Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Does God accept the repentance of a sinner?

St. Zosimas communing St. Mary of Egypt, a true icon of repentance (source)
A soldier once asked Abba Mios if God accepted the repentance of a sinner. And the Abba, after teaching him in various ways, said:

"Tell me, my beloved, if you tear your robe, do you throw it out?"

"No," he responded, "I mend it, and then I use it again."

"If you, therefore, feel sorry for your clothing," the Elder told him, "does not God feel sorry for His own creation?"

(from the Evergetinos, source)

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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