“Sin is more profitable than innocence. Innocence had made me arrogant, sin made me humble.” – St. Ambrose
Modern Man wastes both his innocence and his guilt. One to sin and the other to the loss of the sense of sin. Guilt has become a psychological complex in need of curing, rather than an opportunity for profit.
The greatest saints, on the other hand, often having most wildly lost their innocence, are the ones who learned to profit most from their guilt – from their sin.
Sometimes we spend too much time lamenting our failures or sins and not enough time profiting from them. Our initial reaction – a first step – must be contrition. But it is there, in such remorse, that also begins the profit. It is there that we learn a wisdom and humility that innocence will never teach to imperfect creatures like us.