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a passionate repentance

A brother asked an old man, “If a monk succumbs to temptation he is…

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may God stand
A brother asked an old man, “If a monk succumbs to temptation he is
grieved because he falls from perfection to a lower level, and he
struggles to rise again; while he who comes from the world makes
progress as a beginner.” And the old man answered him, “The monk who
succumbs to temptation is like a house which collapses. If he is
watchful in his thoughts, he finds much material for rebuilding the
house which collapsed – foundations, stones, wood – and he is able to
make more rapid progress than he who has not dug and laid foundations
and who does not possess any materials but only has the hope that the
house will be finished one day. So it is for him who after a long
monastic training succumbs to temptation: if he repents he finds various
materials – meditation, psalmody, and manual work – these are the
foundations. But the beginner must first learn all this, while the monk
can return to his former level.”
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