The Shepherd, August 2008
FROM THE FATHERS
“GOD remits the debts of sinners who are penitent, for example, the sinful woman and the publican, but of the righteous man He even asks interest. This is what He says to His Apostles: “Except your righteousness exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 5:20).
Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus, + 403 A.D.
“DO no evil to anyone, and do not judge anyone. Observe this and you will be saved.”
Ven. Macarius the Great, + 390 A.D.
“LET NOT this thought deceive you, brother, which says to you: ‘Look at what the Fathers say, “Fall and rise,” that is, as many times as you fall, get up and be saved.’ Is this then repentance, for someone to fall and then get up, and when he gets up to fall again? This is an erroneous and bad interpretation of this saying, brother, for the Fathers said this to remove the fear of despair from people, they did not say it so that they would sin with the hope of confession and repentance. God forbid!”
Ven. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, + 1809 A.D.
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