Pacian reproaches the sinners who do not practice public penance and normally participate in the life of the Church and society.
10. [...] We do not even do those things which also can be seen by the priest and praised by the bishop when he witnesses them; nor do we observe the following daily duties: to weep in the sight of the Church; to mourn our lost life in poor garb; to fast, to pray, to prostrate ourselves; to refuse luxurious delights if someone invites us to the baths; to say, if someone asks us to a feast, 'Such things are for the blessed. I have sinned against the Lord and am in danger of perishing eternally. What do I, who have injured the Lord, have to do with
feasting?' And in addition to this: to hold the poor man by the hand; to seek the prayers of the widows; to prostrate oneself before the presbyters; to beg mercy from the interceding Church; to attempt all these first, rather than to perish.
(trans. Hanson 1999: 82-83, slightly altered)