Monday, January 30, 2012

Repentance - What does this Mean?

"The Church Fathers have called repentance a ‘second baptism’ or a renewal of baptism. At our first baptism, we began a journey towards the kingdom of God… Unfortunately not very many of us know what repentance means and what its greater significance is. Most people do not even know of what things we should repent.  Repentance is not, as we think, a legalistic procedure, which exonerates man from certain feelings of guilt. Nor is it the confession practiced by some as a necessary observation before the great feasts of the Church, or when faced with immense psychological pressures…

"The Greek word for repentance, metanoia (change of mind), implies a complete change of life, and the rejection of sin with our whole heart. It is to feel with our whole being that the road we are following leads nowhere and want to return…." 

Father Nektarios Antonopoulos

Reference: Return: Repentance and Confession by Archimandrite Nektarios Antonopoulos

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