Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love: Lesson 4, question 2

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2. Recall from Lesson 3 and 4 that we discussed that everyone has some good in them. How does this compare to XVII.65?

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Repentance

I do not have Eliana's knowledge of the Scriptures, that's for sure. But I can say that, because sin keeps on going, it is important to ask forgiveness and then to repent and "turn". For me, this is an ongoing process. It just never stops because I'm a sinner and that's the way it goes.

There are two comments about XVII.65 that I would like to make. First, I think it is beautiful how Augustine says that repentance can be hidden --- that is, we always see the sin, but rarely the repentance. I hope that this would make me less judgmental even when I read the news. Second, I am troubled by Augustine's focus on public signs of repentance --- as when he says "time of repentance have been rightly established by those set over the churches." I grew up in a ritualized and hierarchical church, and my concern is how the earthly institution can interpose itself between conscience and God.




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