Written for a Certain Layman As a Result of His Desire To Live A Vigilant Life In The World by St. Ignaty Brianchaninov
The soul of all practices in the Lord is vigilance. Without vigilance, all these practices are fruitless. He who is desirous of saving himself must so establish himself that he might remain continuously vigilant toward himself, not only in solitude, but also under conditions of distraction, into which he is sometimes unwillingly drawn by circumstances.
Let the fear of God outweigh all other sensations upon the scales of your heart; and then will it be convenient to for you to be vigilant toward yourself, both in the silence of your kellia [cell] and in the midst of the noise that surrounds you from all sides.
A well-reasoned moderation in food, diminishing the passionate heat of his blood, tends greatly to facilitate your being able…
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