Thursday, November 3, 2011

Evil conversation corrupteth good habits

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

¶24. By much labour and effort a good and stable character is developed in us. But what is achieved with great labour can be lost in a single moment, for 'Evil conversation corrupteth good habits,' being at once worldly and disorderly. The man who associates with people of the world or approaches them after his renunciation will certainly either fall into their traps or will defile his heart by thinking about them; or if he is not defiled himself, yet by condemning those who are defiled, he himself will be defiled.

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