June 29, 2014

Step 6 of The Ladder of Divine Ascent

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LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT STEP SIX

STEP 6 “REMEMBERING OUR MORTALITY”

 

This brief step considers a rather simple but essential practice of the desert fathers; to remember not only that one will die, but what death brings – judgment (Hebrews 9:27)  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment……  Such a thought spurs one on to repentance and conversion, prevents laziness, makes dishonor and indignity sweet, banishes worries and anxieties, and deters sin.  This alone is enough to make John call it the "most essential of all works."

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