Friday, September 3, 2010

St. Gregory the Great: Repent Today--God Has Not Promised Us Tomorrow

"To do penance is to bewail the evil we have done, and to do no evil to bewail."

"If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world, we would be able to select a season for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised us tomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we can never foresee. This very day is a day of truce, a day for conversion. And yet we refuse to cry over the evil we have done! Not only do we not weep for the sins we have committed, we even add to them.... If we are, in fact, now occupied in good deeds, we should not attribute the strength with which we are doing them to ourselves."

~ Pope St. Gregory the Great ~

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