"You don’t become holy by fighting evil."
- "You don't become holy by fighting
*The following is taken from **Wounded by Love: the Life and Wisdom of Elder
You don't become holy by fighting evil. Let evil be. Look towards Christ and
that will save you. What makes a person saintly is love - the adoration of
Christ which cannot be expressed, which is beyond expression, which is
beyond� And such a person attempts to undertake ascetic exercises and to do
things to cause himself to suffer for the love of God.
No monk became holy without ascetic exercises. No one can ascend to
spirituality without exercising himself. These things must be done. Ascetic
exercises are such things as prostrations, vigils and so on, but done
without force. All are done with joy. What is important is not the
prostrations we will make or the prayers, but the act of self-giving, the
passionate love for Christ and for spiritual things. There are many people
who do these things, not for God, but for the sake of exercise, in order to
reap physical benefit. But spiritual people do them in order to reap
spiritual benefit; they do them for God. At the same time, however, the body
is greatly benefited and doesn't fall ill. Many good things flow from them.
HT: Fr. Stephen
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