The Sinner Who Turns to God

V .iii.16. Syncletica of holy memory said, “There is immense labour and strife for the sinner who turns to God, but afterwards unspeakable joy. If you are trying to light a fire, before you succeed you get smothered in smoke, which irritates and brings tears to the eyes. Just so, it is written that our God is a consuming fire, and it is fitting that the divine fire should be lit in ourselves with tears and hard work.”

From DE VITIS PATRUM, BOOK V, LIBELLUS 3: COMPUNCTION

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