Monday, September 24, 2018

Holiness, Asceticism and Taking Back the Church

Are we taking the spiritual life seriously and are we willing to make the spiritual sacrifices necessary to take back the Church? Let's talk about it. 

Do not forsake prayer, for just as the body becomes weak when it is deprived of food, so also the soul when it is deprived of prayer draws nigh to weakness and noetic death.
(St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 44)

Whoever hates his sins will stop sinning; and whoever confesses them will receive remission. A man can not abandon the habit of sin if he does not first gain enmity toward sin, nor can he receive remission of sin without confession of sin. For the confession of sin is the cause of true humility.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homilies, 71)

Do not disdain the commandment to love, for through it you become a son of God, and when you break it, you become a son of Gehenna. 
(St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 4:20)

The passions are uprooted and turned to flight by constant occupation of the mind with God. This is a sword that puts them to death... Whoever always thinks about God drives the demons away from himself and pulls up the seeds of their malice. 
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homilies, 8)

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