Let us not be ashamed to confess our sins to the Lord. It’s true, we do feel shame when each one of us makes his sin known. But that shame ploughs his land, so to speak: it takes out the brambles that keep sprouting up, prunes the thorns, and gives life to the fruits we thought were dead.
Follow the man who, by diligently ploughing his field, worked for eternal fruit: “When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things” (1 Corinthians 4:12-13). If you plough this way, you will sow spiritual seed. Plough to uproot sin and grow fruit.[The Apostle Paul] ploughed to destroy the last tendency to persecution in himself. What more could Christ give to lead us on to pursue perfection, than to convert and then give us as a teacher someone who had been a persecutor?
St. Ambrose, Two Books on Repentance, 2.5