Shame and Spiritual Growth

St. Mary of Egypt

“I think that both the strength to bear shame and the strength to suffer are gifts from God. When I was a young and inexperienced spiritual father, Father Sophrony told me to encourage the young people to confess precisely the things of which they are ashamed, for if they learn to do so, shame is transformed into strengths against the passions, and they will overcome sin.”

(Archimadrite Zacharias, Remember Thy First Love, pg. 349)