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Friday. The Lord scorneth the scorn-ers: but He giveth grace unto the lowly (Prov. 3:34). Particularly re-member these words when you go to confession. Nothing like pride binds your tongue to keep it from saying, “I am a sinner.” Humble yourself before the Lord, do not spare yourself, do not fear the face of man. Reveal your shame for it to be washed; show your wounds for them to be healed; tell of all your unrighteousness that you be justi-fied. The more merciless you will be with yourself, the more compassion the Lord will show towards you, and you will leave with a sweet feel-ing of forgiveness. This is that grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, given from Him to those who humble them-selves through sincere confession of their sins.
Saint Theophan the Recluse