Pateric's parents about repentance
The total transformation of man is one of the greatest miracles, which over the centuries has been validated by the endless line of martyrs, saints, converts and transfigured. Μετάνοια [metanoia] or the change of mind, of the way of thinking and repentance, in general, is the total disintegration of the sinful self of man and his immediate metamorphosis into a subject of sacrifice. The old man dies, a new one is born, alive in Christ the Lord, a man freed from the bondage of sin and from the dominion of Satan, circumscribed by other ethical and spiritual coordinates. Repentance was an integral part of the monastic program. All means of repentance - fasting, prayer, tears, repentance, etc. - their only objective was to create the "new man" (νέος άνθρωπος). As the Fathers themselves confess, the main endeavor must be the unchanging state of the...
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