Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why have we not unceasingly mourned?

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 7 ~ On Joy-making Mourning

¶70. When our soul leaves this world we shall not be blamed for not having worked miracles, or for not having been theologians or not having been rapt in divine visions. But we shall certainly have to give an account to God of why we have not unceasingly mourned.
This is the seventh step. May he who has been found worthy of it help me too; for he himself has already been helped, since through this seventh step he has washed away the stains of this world.

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