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John Climacus Quotes

Everything is possible for the believer. I have watched impure souls mad for physical love but turning what they know of such love into a reason for penance and transferring that same capacity for love to the Lord. I have watched them master fear so as to drive themselves unsparingly toward the love of God. That is why, when talking of that chaste harlot, the Lord does not say, because she feared, but rather, because she loved much she was able to drive out love with love (Lk. 7:47).
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Forgetting offences is a sign of sincere repentance. If you keep the memory of them, you may believe you have repented but you are like someone running in his sleep. Let no one consider it a minor defect, this darkness that often clouds the eyes even of spiritual people.

— John Climacus

Obedience is the burial of the will and the resurrection of humility.

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Humility is the only thing that no devil can imitate.

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Fight to escape from your own cleverness. If you do, then you will find salvation and uprightness through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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It is not the self -critical who reveals his humility ( for does not everyone have some how to put up with himself? ). Rather, it is the man who continues to love the person who has criticized him.

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Simplicity is an enduring habit within a soul that has grown impervious to evil thoughts.

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Even though one is well advanced in virtue, should he stop mortifying himself, he soon would lose his modesty and virtue - just as fertile soul quickly becomes dry and arid and produces nothing but thorns and thistles if it is not cultivated.

— John Climacus

It can happen that when we are at prayer some brothers come to see us. Then we have to choose either to interrupt our prayer or to sadden our brother by refusing to answer him. But love is greater than prayer. Prayer is one virtue among others, whereas love contains them all.

— John Climacus

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