Thursday, June 9, 2011

The place in which we are attacked

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 15 ~ On Chastity

¶62. As we have said before, some people in hermitages suffer far more severe attacks from the enemy. And no wonder! For the demons haunt such places, since the Lord in His care for our salvation has driven them into the deserts and the abyss. Demons of fornication cruelly assail the hesychast in order to drive him back into the world, as having received no benefit from the desert. Demons keep away from us when we are living in the world, that we may go on staying among worldly-minded people because we are not attacked there. Hence we should realize that the place in which we are attacked is the one in which we are certainly waging bitter war on the enemy; for if we ourselves are not waging war, the enemy is found to be our friend.

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