On Spiritual Fatigue and Lethargy During Lent

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by St. Symeon the New Theologian

“My brethren, it is not possible for these things [virtues] to come about in one day or one week! They will take much time, labor, and pain, in accordance with each man’s attitude and willingness, according to the measure of faith and one’s contempt for the objects of sight and thought. In addition, it is also in accordance with the fervor of his ceaseless penitence and its constant working in the secret chamber of his heart that this is accomplished more quickly or more slowly by the gift and grace of God. But without fasting no one was ever able to achieve any of these virtues or any others, for fasting is the beginning and foundation of every spiritual activity.”

HT: Bishop Daniel (Brum)

 

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