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John of Valaam: “It is good sometimes to remember one’s past sins”

29 October 2016

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“It is good sometimes to remember one’s past sins, for this gives birth to humility; but when memory of former sins leads to despair, it is clear that the enemy is trying to trouble the soul. Do not listen to him, calm yourself, do not be crushed, do not be depressed, try to drive off such disturbing thoughts by prayer.”
Schema-Abbot John of Valaam

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 29 October 2016 12:10 pm

    Reblogged this on The Harlemite.

  2. 30 October 2016 6:34 am

    Could you re-post this every so often please??? I used to be so painfully scrupulous and am getting better at this sort of thing, but still need reminding sometimes🙂

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