Thursday, May 23, 2013

On Being Alive Not Dead


We should be careful lest it should happen to us that while we are
talking about the journey along the narrow and hard road we may
actually wander onto the broad and wide highway.
St. John Climacus

It is no great thing not to judge, and to be sympathetic to someone who is
in trouble and falls down before you, but it is a great thing not to judge
or to strike back when someone, on account of his own passions, speaks
against you.  Likewise, it is a great thing not to disagree when someone
else is honored more than you are.

Dorotheos of Gaza

Humility protects the soul from all the passions and also from every temptation. Dorotheos

The novice said to the expert : There does not seem to be any conflict in my heart. He received this reply: You are like a house that is open to the four winds, so that anyone who likes can go in or out without you noticing. If you only had one door to it, and choose to shut it in the face of wicked thoughts, then you would notice them and you would have to fight against them.

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