Thursday, January 29, 2004

Wise Advice from a Early Church Father

From the Praktikos:

"Our holy teacher, who was very experienced in the ascetical life (praktikotatos), said, ?The person ought always to be ready as if he were to die tomorrow, but at the same time he should use his body as if he were going to live with it for many years to come. The first [approach] cuts back the thoughts of acedia and makes the person more zealous, while the second preserves the body and keeps its self-control balanced.?" Evagrius #29

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