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Sunday, August 31, 2014

On Anger






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From Abba Isaiah:


“Brother, if someone causes you grief in any matter whatsoever, and it becomes necessary for you to reprove your brother, and you see that you are angry and agitated, do not speak to him at all, lest you become more upset; when you see that the two of you have calmed down, then speak to him, not chiding him, but reminding him of his error, in all humility.” (The Evergetinos)

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Abba Evagrius the Monk:

"Anger is by nature designed for waging war with the demons and for struggling with every kind of sinful pleasure. Therefore angels‚ arousing spiritual pleasure in us and giving us to taste its blessedness‚ incline us to direct our anger against the demons. But the demons‚ enticing us towards worldly lusts‚ make us use anger to fight with men‚ which is against nature‚ so that the mind‚ thus stupefied and darkened‚ should become a traitor to virtues."  (Texts on Active Life no. 15)


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St. John Climacus: 

"He who has put a stop to anger has also destroyed remembrance of wrongs; because childbirth continues only while the father is alive." (The Ladder of Divine Ascent)