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
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