Thursday, April 28, 2011

Laodicea - Canon 2

They who have sinned in divers particulars, if they have persevered in the prayer of confession and penance, and are wholly converted from their faults, shall be received again to communion, through the mercy and goodness of God, after a time of penance appointed to them, in proportion to the nature of their offense.

People sin because they are sinners.  In whatever sin a person fell, if that same one had afterward become diligent in prayer and good works by virtue of confession brought about as the fruit of repentance, he or she were to be brought back into full fellowship after a period which seemed appropriate for the sin committed.  They shall neither be completely cut off nor swiftly accepted.  Wisdom dictates that the under-shepherds who know their sheep will be able to ascertain what is proper.

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