Repentance Changes One’s Entire Life

The conversion of the heart cannot fail to include penitence. In a certain sense. that is its principal element; in fact, its essential element. Penitence means a profound change of heart under the influence of the word of God and in the prospect of the kingdom; it is a commitment to restore the equilibrium and harmony shattered by sin and therefore to change direction, even at the cost of sacrifice. The resolutions of conversion and repentance, in order to be authentic and enduring, must be translated into concrete penitential acts. Between what one is deep in one's inner heart and the actions that constitute the fabric of one's existence, there cannot be anything less than a clear and faithful consistency. Repentance, therefore, is the conversion that passes from one's heart to one's works and, thus, to the entire life of a Christian. 

ANGELUS March 3, 1985

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 080)

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