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The Life of Repentance and Purity
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III
Repentance, my brethren, is not only for those beginning their life with God, but is for everyone, even the saints. It is part of our daily prayers. Every person needs
repentance, no matter how great his position or his spiritual level. We are all in need of repentance, in need of it everyday, since we sin everyday. For there is no person without sin, even if his life was one day on earth. With repentance, we prepare our hearts for the dwelling of God, and with purity, we will see God (Matt 5:8). Repentance is the beginning of the path towards God, it is a friend along the path till the end.
The Book Of Isaiah
FEAR NOT, FOR I AM WITH YOU
But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob
And He who formed you, O Israel:
" Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour;
I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4 Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honoured,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
5 Fear not, for I am with you; ….
THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING
BY H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III
On the mount of transfiguration the three people, who stood in radiance and glorious light on the Mount of Transfiguration, were people who brought fasting to perfection. For every one of them fasted for forty days and forty nights: Our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 4:2), Moses (Ex 34:28), and Elijah (1 Kings 19:8). This magnificent scene, conceal behind it an important message that is, by conquering the body through fasting, the spirit becomes manifest and the body is transfigured