August 10

To those newly engaged in spiritual warfare illness is salutary, for it contributes to reducing and subduing the ebullience of the flesh. It greatly debilitates the flesh and attenuates the soul’s materialistic propensities, while at the same time it invigorates and braces the soul, in accordance with St Paul’s words, “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corninthians 12:10).

~Nikitas Stithatos

2 thoughts on “August 10”

    1. Sorry. Salutary means helpful or beneficial, ebullience is exuberance which in this context refers to our passions and how strong they act within us. So illness can help us gain the upper hand on our passions by weakening us. Attenuate means to lessen or reduce so illness also can lessen our tendency to be focused on material things instead of spiritual ones.

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