It seems to me that those who have fallen and are penitent are more blessed than those who have never fallen and who do not have to mourn over themselves, because through having fallen, they have pulled themselves up by a sure resurrection….
Nothing equals the mercy of God or surpasses it. To despair is therefore to inflict death on oneself.
– St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, p. 128, 130
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