Friday, October 21, 2011

Exile to reach the goal of piety

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 3 ~ On Exile

¶1. Exile means that we leave forever everything in our own country that prevents us from reaching the goal of piety. Exile mean modest manners, wisdom which remains unknown, prudence not recognized as such by most, a hidden life, an invisible intention, unseen meditation, desire for humiliation, longing for hardship, constant determination to love God, abundance of love, renunciation of vainglory, depth of silence.

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