God isn’t interested in shaming his children, though some churches seem to disagree. God created humanity and he understands how we are made. We respond to love and kindness and shut our hearts to shame and blame. Christ’s sacrifice is evidence that we don’t have to make penance or feel ashamed of our human brokenness.  Repentance, (or metanioia), is all about a change of mind brought about by the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  And the healthy part of repentance is the freeing of our guilty conscience from dead works.  The personal and total sacrifice of our savior has once and for all dealt with our sin.  Hebrews 9:24-28 (NRSV)