Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Distracted by Something?

Coptic Christians began Great Lent, a time of repentance and self-reflection, this week:

"He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion, has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins"

-St. Maximos the Confessor, On Love, No. 55

The forgetting of wrongs against us is a sign of true repentance. But he who dwells on them and thinks that he is repenting is like a man who thinks he is running while he is really asleep.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent , Step 9, On Remembrance of Wrongs

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