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a passionate repentance

"An old habit often dominates even someone who mourns. No wonder, for…

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may God stand
"An old habit often dominates even someone who mourns. No wonder, for the
judgments visited by God and our own lapses make up a list hard to
understand, and it is impossible to be sure which of our failings are due to
carelessness, which are due to the fact that God permitted them, and which
arise from God's having turned away from us. I have been told, however, that
lapses occurring as a result of divine providence cause us to repent
swiftly, since He Who delivers us does not permit us to be held captive for
long. But above all we must fight off the demons of dejection whenever we
happen to slip, for he comes right beside us when we are praying and reminds
us of our former good standing with God and tries to divert us from our
prayer."

St. John Climacus.
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