"'Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light' (Ephesians 5:14). This comparison of sinners to those who are asleep gives us certain points for a comprehensive examination of their conversion to God. For example, with one who is asleep: first he wakes up, then he gets out of bed, and finally he makes up his mind to go do something. So also with a sinner who turns towards God and repents: first he wakes up from the sleep of sin, then he comes to some determination to change (he is getting up), and finally he clothes himself in strength for a new life with the Sacraments of Confession and Eucharist (he is ready to act)."
- St. Theophan the Recluse, Turning the Heart to God, p.11 (published separately, this is the second part of The Path to Salvation).