Monday, December 5, 2011

Fly by activity, be at rest by divine vision

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 4 ~ On Obedience

¶1. Our treatise now appropriately touches upon warriors and athletes of Christ. As the flower precedes the fruit, so exile, either of body or will, always precedes obedience. For with the help of these two virtues, the holy soul steadily ascends to Heaven as upon golden wings. And perhaps it was about this that he who had received the Holy Spirit sang: Who will give me wings like a dove? And I will fly by activity, and be at rest by divine vision and humility.

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