Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Confessing (St. Isaac the Syrian)

If men who are surrendered into the hands of judges to be punished for their wickedness humble themselves and straightway confess their iniquity
when they come before the scourges-their punishment is diminished, and with only slight afflictions they are released. 

But if there are among them some who are wicked and stiff-necked, who refuse to confess, these are
scourged, and in the end they confess involuntarily after many torments. And since their sides are already covered with wounds, they gain no profit from this.

St. Isaac the Syrian
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