+St. John of the Ladder

As many Orthodox Christians work their way through Lent, it is instructive to post a few of the Holy Saints thoughts.

“Those who have been humbled by their passions should take heart. Even if they tumble into every pit, even if they are trapped by every snare, even if they suffer every disease, still after their return to health  they become light to all… and teach us the characteristics of every malady and out of their own experience they can rescue those about to lapse.

And it may even happen in their case what I have seen happen with people stuck in the mud. Mired themselves, they warn passersby, telling them how they sunk, explaining this for their salvation so that they  too might not fall in the same manner, and the omnipotent God rescued them from the mud so that others might be saved.”
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