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Saturday. [II Cor. 1:8–11; Luke 5:27–32] I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. What a consolation for sinners! But it is necessary to leave sins and do only good; and when doing good, to con?tinue to call oneself a sinner not on?ly on the tongue, but in the heart. Do not sin, but as a true sinner re?pent and call to the Lord for forgive?ness. When you will be disposed in such a way, it means that you stand in the truth; as soon as you give way to self-righteousness and start con?sidering yourself sinless, know, that you are turning aside from the right path and have headed toward those for whom there is no salvation. How we can combine a proper life with feelings of sinfulness is some?thing only scribes ask. They write, but do not do. For the one who fol?lows the path of action this is so clear that he cannot understand how it could be any other way.
Saint Theophan the Recluse