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Mark the Ascetic: “the enemy’s provocations”

29 June 2017
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“When the intellect through rejection of the passions attains to unwavering hope, then the enemy makes it visualize its past sins on the pretext of confessing them to God. Thus he tries to rekindle passions which by God’s grace have been forgotten, and so secretly to inflict injury. Then, even though someone is illumined and hates the passions, he will inevitably be filled with darkness and confusion at the memory of what he has done. But if he is still befogged and self-indulgent, he will certainly dally with the enemy’s provocations and entertain them under the influence of passion, so that this re-collection will prove to be a prepossession and not a confession.”
St. Mark the Ascetic
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