Some Views of the Fathers on Excuses

In an earlier post I spoke about a reference in Ancient Christian Wisdom to excusing our sins instead of accusing them. One patristic source for this formulation is Blessed Augustine’s On Continence, where he writes the following about the psalm phrase “to make excuses in sins”: “What is more sinful than these words, through which a sinner denies that he is sinful, although he is convicted of a sinful work that he himself cannot deny. And since he is unable to hide the deed or say that it was good that he did it, and since he can still clearly see that the deed was done by him, he tries to … [Read more...]