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The Enchiridion by St. Augustine

Chapter 82.--The Mercy of God is Necessary to True Repentance.

Now even penance itself, when by the law of the Church there is sufficient reason for its being gone through, is frequently evaded through infirmity; for shame is the fear of losing pleasure when the good opinion of men gives more pleasure than the righteousness which leads a man to humble himself in penitence. Wherefore the mercy of God is necessary not only when a man repents, but even to lead him to repent. How else explain what the apostle says of certain persons: |if God peradventure will give them repentance|? And before Peter wept bitterly, we are told by the evangelist, |The Lord turned, and looked upon him.|
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