Repentance is the renewal of baptism and is a contract with God for a fresh start in life.  Repentance goes shopping for humility and is ever distrustful of bodily comfort.  Repentance is critical awareness and a sure watch over oneself.  Repentance is the daughter of hope and the refusal to despair.  Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the performance of good deeds which are the opposites of the sins.  It is the purification of conscience and the voluntary  endurance of punishment.  The repenting person deals out his own punishment, for repentance is the  fierce persecution of the stomach and the flogging of the soul into intense awareness.

The Ladder of Divine Ascent, step 5

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