May 23

Pharaoh entreated saying, ‘May God take away from me this death’ (Exodus 10:17), and he was heard. Similarly when the demons asked the Lord not to cast them into the abyss, their request was granted (Luke 8:31). How much more then will a Christian be heard when he prays to be delivered from spiritual death?

When recalling your sins, do not hesitate to beat your breast. With these blows you will dig into your hardened heart and discover within it the gold mine of the publican (Luke 18:13); and this hidden wealth will bring you great joy.
                                                                           -St John of Karpathos

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