Origen implies that in his days the penitent might choose his own spiritual physician.
And shortly after his penitent died unabsolved.
The world saw with astonishment this vicious, rough, coarse-fibred man of the world transformed into an austere penitent, who worked miracles of healing.
9) along with Tychicus to Colossae, as a penitent and sincere Christian, in order to resume his place in the household.
Seeking out Nonnus, she overcame his canonical scruples by her tears of genuine penitence, was baptized, and, disguising herself in the garb of a male penitent, retired to a grotto on the Mount of Olives, where she died after three years of strict penance.