Friday, March 5, 2010

Abba Poemen on the Passions

Dear Parish Faithful,

GREAT LENT: The Nineteenth Day

Abba Poemen said: "Passions work in four stages - first, in the heart; secondly, on the face; thirdly, in words; and fourthly, it is always essential not to render evil for evil in deeds. If you can purify your heart, passion will not reveal itself in your expression; but if it reaches your face, then take care not to speak; and if you do speak, at least cut the conversation short in case you do render evil for evil."

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