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The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian Part 2

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  • Thomas Daniel
    The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian Part 2 By Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann The basic disease is sloth. It is that strange laziness and passivity of
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      The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian Part 2

      By Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

      The basic disease is sloth. It is that strange laziness and passivity
      of our entire being which always pushes us "down" rather than "up" –
      which constantly convinces us that no change is possible and therefore
      desirable. It is in fact a deeply rooted cynicism which to every
      spiritual challenge responds "what for?" and makes our life one
      tremendous spiritual waste. It is the root of all sin because it
      poisons the spiritual energy at its very source.

      The result of sloth is faint-heartedness. It is the state of
      despondency which all spiritual Fathers considered the greatest danger
      for the soul. Despondency is the impossibility for man to see anything
      good or positive; it is the reduction of everything to negativism and
      pessimism. It is truly a demonic power in us because the Devil is
      fundamentally a liar. He lies to man about God and about the world; he
      fills life with darkness and negation. Despondency is the suicide of
      the soul because when man is possessed by it he is absolutely unable
      to see the light and to desire it.

      contd.... Part 3
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