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  • byakimov@csc.com.au
    About the indispensability of sobriety in battle against the devil Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2003
      About the indispensability of sobriety in battle against the devil

      "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
      lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

      Orthodox monks have elevated sobriety and vigilance to the status of
      mortification. The spirit must be sober in order to sense danger and
      vigilant in order to recognize from which side the danger is coming and
      from whom.

      My child, be vigilant that you do not tread on a serpent, that you do not
      fall into a pit, that you do not encounter a wolf, that you do not step out
      into deep water, that you do not stray from the path and get lost in the
      forest! Thus a mother counsels her child, fearing for his body. With no
      less love does the Church counsel a man, fearing for his soul. Therefore
      children, "be sober, be vigilant." Your old adversary the devil does not
      rest nor sleep but, similar to a hungry lion, stalks and seeks whomsoever
      he can devour. "Be sober, be vigilant," for you are as sheep and he is as a
      lion. When sheep sense the foul odor of the wolf, they flee to their
      shepherd. Therefore, "be vigilant" all of you and sense the foulness of the
      devil when he approaches you and flee immediately under the wings and
      protection of your shepherd, Christ the Lord. And You will sense the odious
      smell of the devil through your thoughts, through your feelings, through
      your intentions and through your passions of the flesh. All that you would
      have thought, imaged, felt, intended and desired contrary to Christ and the
      Law of Christ, know that that is the snare of the devil, the foulness of
      the devil know that and flee to your Shepherd directing your entire mind
      and all your heart and all your soul and body to Him.

      O Lord Jesus, our Sober and Vigilant Shepherd, make us "sober and vigilant"
      at every moment so that our enemy will not surprise us and devour us.

      To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
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