There has been a further change to The Way of Love Charism, because of a very valid and educated point highlighted by my parish priest. He said that we are not rewarded with virtue, God does not reward us with virtue for the repentance of our sins. The repentance and forgiveness of our sins is one thing ~ and then to live in virtue is a conscious choice (maybe with God’s help) but is not rewarded to us by God for the repentance of our sins. Everybody who has repented of their sins and been forgiven by God does not necessarily go on to live a virtuous life. They are two separate things. Of course.
I absolutely have to agree, and now I wonder why I didn’t/couldn’t articulate this myself in the way I had written the words – before it was pointed out.
Previously it said –
‘The virtues each become a stepping-stone to fill us with the fullness of freedom from cast out sin. Recognise your vices, repent, accept forgiveness, and be rewarded with virtue.’
And so after a week of re-thinking I have changed it to something which actually feels much warmer, and I think acknowledges both Gods grace and our effort too, without presuming that we have already got there, whilst absolutely encouraging our aspirations.
‘The virtues each become a stepping-stone to fill us with the fullness of freedom from cast out sin. Recognise your vices, repent, accept forgiveness, and be blessed in virtue.’