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The Life of Repentance and Purity

 

The Life of Repentance and Purity

BY

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.

 

As sin is separation from God, repentance then is returning to God.* God says: “Return to me, and I will return to you” (Mal 3:7). When the prodigal sorepented, he returned to his father (Luke 15:18-20). True repentance is a human longing to the origin from which it was taken. It is the desire of a heart that stayed away from God, and felt that it cannot go any further away

H H Pope Shenouda III

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