Archbishop John Maximovitch
Repentance is expressed in Creek by the word metania.
In the literal sense, this means an alteration of one's mind, of
ones thinking. In other words, repentance is a transformation of one's
orientation, of one's way of thinking, a transformation of a man within himself.
Repentance is a re-examination of one's views, an alteration of one's life.
How can it come about? In the same way as when a dark
room into which a man has happened to enter becomes illuminated by rays of
sunlight. While he was looking at the room in the darkness, it presented itself
to him in one aspect: much that was there he did not see, and he did not even
imagine that it was there. Many things appeared to him not at all as they were
in actual fact. He had to move cautiously, since he did not know where there
might be obstacles. But now the room has become light: he sees everything
clearly and moves freely. The same thing occurs in the spiritual life.
When we are immersed in sins and our mind is occupied
only with worldly cares, we do not notice the state of our soul. We are
indifferent as to how we are within, and go constantly by a false path,
ourselves not noticing this.
But now a ray of Divine Light penetrates into our
soul. How much filth shall we see then in. ourselves How much injustice, how much falsehood! How hideous will many
actions turn out to be which we fancied excellent. It will become clear to us
that we are going by wrong paths. It becomes clear to us which path is right.
If we shall acknowledge then our spiritual
nothingness, our sinfulness, and with our whole soul shall desire our
correction-we shall be neat td salvation From
the depth of our soul let us call to the Lord: "Have mercy on me, O Lord
according to Thy mercv!" "Forgive me and save me!" "Grant me
to behold my sins and not to judge my brother
At the beginning of the great Fast let us hasten to
forgive each other all hurts and offenses.. Let us ever hear the words of the
Gospel of Forgiveness. Sunday:
If ye forgive
men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye
forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you?
from The Orthodox Word, Jan.-