important that the innocent remain innocent. Don't experiment with sin and
bring on the trouble, sorrow and weeping that come with forgiveness. For
when you sin, how do you know that you will live long enough to have time to
repent? It is uncertain when you will leave this world.
If you die
in sin, you won't have another chance to repent. Therefore, do what will
save you readily, for then we can wait for our departure to the other world
says: "Prepare thy works for your exit and provide all
beforehand." Otherwise, you will lack some of the necessary things for
your journey. You would then be like the five foolish virgins mentioned in
the gospel. Lacking the oil of piety, their lamps of knowledge were
extinguished. And they were locked out of the bridal chamber.
those who care about their soul's salvation will be careful to stay out of
danger by avoiding sins and keep intact the benefits of their former good
works for themselves.
of the Holy Apostles