Faith at the Edge

“If I, as my children’s earthly father, use penance to build up goodness in them, how much more will our heavenly Father use penance to shape us into the sons and daughters he wants us to be for all eternity? That’s what many people don’t understand about corporal mortification. When I offer up my suffering from a cold shower, it’s out of love, not fear. It’s not at attempt to punish myself in order to dodge God’s wrath. It’s my way of asking him to transform me into the son he wants me to be.”

– Brian Pessaro, from “I Scourge the Body Electric”

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