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a passionate repentance

If you want to overcome the spirit of slander, blame not the person…

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may God stand
If you want to overcome the spirit of slander, blame not the person who
falls but the prompting demon. No one wants to sin against God, even
though all of us sin without being compelled to it.

I knew a man who sinned openly but repented in secret. I denounced him
for being lecherous but he was chaste in the eyes of God, having
propitiated Him by a genuine conversion.

Do not allow human respect to get in your way when you hear someone
slandering his neighbor. Instead, say to him, "Brother, stop it! I do
worse things every day, so how can I criticize him?" You accomplish two
things when you say this. You heal yourself and you heal your neighbor
with the one bandage.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, 10
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  • Hello!

    I’m the new Head of House for the Ravenclaw community associated with __sortinghat. I am informing all members of the community that the Ravenclaw community is back up and running again. We now have trivia three times a week, as well as monthly writing contests and participation points. The top three members in each of these three categories are awarded banners at the end of the month. I just wanted to make sure that you all were aware of this so that you could drop by sometime and enjoy what we are offering now.

    Thanks and Ravenclaw pride!

    Melissa// Ravenclaw H.O.H.
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