"To repent is to smile, not to frown—to look up, not down. It is not just the recognition that things have gone wrong, but the realization that through Christ they can be put right. It is not the sight of our own ugliness but the vision of God’s beauty."
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
"Tell me, what is more beautiful than a soul undergoing tribulation, which knows that by enduring it will inherit joy in all things? What is more courageous than “a humble and contrite heart” (Ps. 51:19)? Without difficulty it routs the massed troops of devils and pursues them to their end."
St. Symeon the New Theologian