Like the older tree
If we don’t go often to confession, it is more difficult to remove passions and sins from inside of us. An older and big tree cannot go down with a single hit from our axe. Similarly, a sin that you commit and has taken roots inside of you, cannot be removed with one contrition of our heart, but with many.
Elder Cleopa Ilie
It is impossible
Without water is impossible to wash a dirty piece of clothing, and without tears of repentance is impossible to wash and clean the soul from all its dirtiness and stains.
St. Symeon the New Theologian
Translated by Dr. Nick Stergiou