The main meaning

3 February 2023

When we talk about repentance, we don’t mean regretting our sins (that’s a psychological event which may well remain on this level and never become an event involving the Holy Spirit). Nor do we mean the sacrament of confession, at which we reveal our sins and thoughts to our confessor. For the most part we mean that state in which the whole human being- nous, intellect, soul and body- is inspired and turns towards God. In other words, it’s our ontological union with God, through the immaterial fire of repentance.

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos