St. Ambrose of Optina

“A repentant sinner is more pleasing to God
than a person who has not sinned, but is
haughty. It is better having sinned, to repent,
than not sinning and to be proud of it. The
Pharisee refrained from sin, but for being
puffed up and condemning the Publican, he
was deprived of his righteousness before God;
but the Publican, having sinned greatly,
through the humble acknowledgement of this
and enduring the reproaches of the Pharisee,
received not only the forgiveness of sins, but
he surpassed the justification of the Pharisee.”

“Sins are like walnuts—you split open the
shell, but the meat is hard to extract.”

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