But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been
consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ... St. John Chrysostom, AN EXHORTATION TO THEODORE AFTER HIS FALL 4th Century
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Wisest Surest Path of Repentance
The Church doesn't jump to embrace them as quickly as they feel is necessary. Like Sam who responded much like the alcoholic who has put together a week of sobriety without any recovery insisting that family, friends and employers get over the years of deception. Let's take a closer look: Sam who chose to marry, chose to father children, to become a priest, chose again to sit on two separate sexual misconduct boards, chose to become protestamenos, and then chose to have a sexual relationship(s) with unknown an person(s), again and again he chose to commit adultery in some hotel room , some office, who knows where; then to alleviate his own need to rid himself of guilt or remorse resigns. Following an anticipated suspension and the defrocking he chose again to alleviate himself of guilt. A divorce ensues as does a confirmation into christian sect.
Now this is the issue I have with all the warm fuzzy responses to his conversion. The wisest truest surest path of repentance is to work through what ails us what has separated us from our dignity our integrity our intended road; not to take the scenic route. His initial comfort with his new mission will subside and he will have to revisit his sin and shortcoming. This time however without the guidebook, without the best physicians, without the great men of the Church. He will have an anemic support network. Far worse he will be left in the care of the people who fed his trouble who made him comfortable when his motivation should have been peaking. So for this purpose I reserve to withhold my enthusiasm. Sam's reaction to my correspondence is indicative of an immature self assured egotistical man, hardly the temperament of a penitent. What about the wake of destruction he left in his own path of serving his appetites.
This must be the ghetto of the Orthodox Church; who knew.