17 April 2008

Patristic Quote of the Day

What shall I do with my sins? I do not know. My mind cannot imagine what I might use to wash and cleanse myself. If I took it into my head to wash with water, the then seas and the rivers would not be sufficient to cleanse me. Yet if I wash myself with the blood and water that flowed from the rib of the Son of God, then will I be cleansed, and compassion will be showered on me. -- St. Ephrem the Syrian, *A Spiritual Psalter* #140

2 comments:

orrologion said...

That's a 'get thee to Communion' if I ever heard one..

Matthew N. Petersen said...

Yeah, MacBeth thought he could wash his hand, but his wife discovered otherwise.

"Out damn spot."