Saturday, April 12, 2014

Despondency is a paralysis of soul

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 13 ~ On Despondency

¶2. Despondency is a paralysis of soul, an enervation of the mind, neglect of asceticism, hatred of the vow made. It calls those who are in the world blessed. It accuses God of being merciless and without love for men. It is being languid in singing psalms, weak in prayer, like iron in service, resolute in manual labour, reliable in obedience.

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