One day a soldier asked an elder whether God grants pardon to sinners. The elder answered, "Tell me, my good friend, if your cloak is torn , do you throw it away?" The soldier replied, "No, I mend it and continue to use it." The elder concluded, "If you take good care of your cloak, will not God be merciful to his own image?"
- Sayings of the Desert Fathers (In T. Merton, p. 113)