Repentance is the tearing down of the wall that separates us from God. It is like the removal of a force-field which prevents us from entering His Kingdom. It begins with the recognition of our own fallen nature and continues as we reconnect with our Creator. Each year during Great Lent, the church holds before us an enduring example of repentance and a reflection of the radical change that can occur in a human being with the life of St. Mary of Egypt.
Works Cited: Kouli, Maria. “3. Life of St. Mary of Egypt.” Holy Women of Byzantium: Ten Saints’ Lives in English Translation, by Alice-Mary Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2011, pp. 65–93.