Thursday, December 29, 2011

When our spiritual father gives us a task

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

¶51. If, without constraint, anyone receives some task from his father, and in doing it suffers a stumble, he should not ascribe the blame to the giver but to the receiver of the weapon. For he took the weapon for battle against the enemy, but has turned it against his own heart. But if he forced himself for the Lord’s sake to accept the task, though he previously explained his weakness to him who gave it, let him take courage; for though he has fallen, he is not dead.

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