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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Here are two sayings from the desert father Elias:
Abba Elias, the minister, said, 'What can sin do where there is penitence? And of what use is love where there is pride?'
Observe your thoughts, and beware of what you have in your heart and your spirit, knowing that the demons put ideas into you so as to corrupt your soul by making it think of that which is not right, in order to turn your spirit from the consideration of your sins and of God.
I read this over at Quiddity website. Andrew Kern's website is on classical education for children but addresses the nurture of the soul in general. He writes:
A great soul is perceptive, silent, receptive, appropriate. None of these qualities can be developed without nourishing the child’s soul on the true, the good, and the beautiful.
One part of depression is that the soul is malnourished. The soul dwells on unimportant things. The soul dwells on itself and wonders why everything is ugly.
This is true for my soul anyway.
I am beginning to read again. Slowly. Surely. I haven't read much in the last few years but then I've also noticed that the books I was trying to read were those that were not all that beautiful. They were not all that nourishing rather they were lists of facts or stories without a voice. Literature has more to offer while I continue to heal.
Holy Scripture agrees.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)