September 13

If you generate the honey of the virtues in stillness, you will through struggle and self-discipline transcend the lowly estate of man’s fallen condition and by overcoming your presumption you will restore the soul’s powers to their natural state. Your heart purified by tears, you will now become receptive to the rays of the Spirit, will clothe yourself in the incorruption of the life-quickening deadness of Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 15:53, 2 Cor. 4:10), and will receive the Paraclete in tongues of fire in the upper room of your stillness (cf. Acts 2:3).

You will then be under an obligation to speak unreservedly of the wonderful works of God (cf. Acts 2:11) and to ‘declare His righteousness in the great congregation’ (cf. Psalm 40:10), for you will have received inwardly the law of the Spirit (cf. John 7:38; Romans 8:2); otherwise, like the wicked servant who hid the talent of his own master, you will be cast into eternal fire (cf. Matthew 25:30).

~Nikitas Stithatos

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