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THOSE WHO ARE SORRY FOR THEIR SINS BUT DO NOT AVOID IT

By confessing your sins you have made yourself your own judge.  If you continue to sin you have made yourself your own accuser on the day of judgment.  

It is indicative of pending retribution that the mind has been enlightened to know its fault while not striving to overcome it.  The clearer the spiritual vision the worse will be its end; because it has received the light but does not abandon the darkness of evildoing.  Whatever insight is received becomes a testimony against the same person.  Insight into one's fault is given for the eradication of the fault and not to augment the punishment.  

To continue with the wickedness that the conscience condemns is a foretaste of hell; for hell is to know your faults while unable to do anything to correct them.  

Men die and go to hell if they do evil out of ignorance; but they go to hell alive if they have the knowledge of what is evil and yet commit it.

St. Gregory the Great: Pastoral Care, Chapter 31, Part III

 

 


 

 

(08-07-10)

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