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Grief Over Sins Leads to Comfort

January 17, 2011 Length: 1:01

St. Gregory Palamas on the healing that comes from grieving over our sins.

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St. Gregory Palamas tells us that grieving over our sins can lead to our being comforted:

Do you see what grief arises in a humble soul and the consolation that ensues: indeed, self-reproach on its own, when lying for a protracted time upon the soul’s thoughts like some intellectual weight, crushes and presses and squeezes out the saving wine that gladdens the heart of man, that is to say, our inner self. This wine is compunction. Together with grief compunction crushes the passions and, having freed the soul from the weight that oppresses it, fills it with blessed joy. That is the reason why Christ says, ‘Blessed are those who grieve, for they will be consoled’ (Matthew 5:4).

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