Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Resist the devil", and he will make his presence known

"A brother told some elder:  'I do not see any battle in my heart.'  'You are a building open on all four sides', the elder said to him.  'Whoever wishes comes in and out through you and you are not aware of it.  If you have a door and close it, refusing entry to wicked logismoi through it, then you will see them standing outside and doing battle.'"

     Anonymous saying of the Desert Fathers no. 270 = N.57/11.101.  The anonymous sayings of the Desert Fathers:  a select edition and complete English translation, ed. & trans. John Wortley (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2013), 183.

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