August 1, 2012 + Guidance Toward Spiritual Life
by Ss. Barsanuphius and John
from Guidance Towards Spiritual Life, pg. 106
Question #416 to Ss. Barsanuphius and John:
Sometimes I see in my heart that evil thoughts surround my mind like wild beasts, but cannot at all harm me. What does this mean?
Answer from Ss. Barsanuphius and John:
This is a deception of the enemy, in which is concealed high-mindedness, with the aim of convincing you that evil thoughts cannot harm you in the least, so that thereby your heart might become exalted. But be not deceived by this, but rather remember your [spiritual] infirmity and sins, and call on the Holy Name of God for aid against the enemy.
The Procession of the Honorable and Life-Giving Cross
O Lord, save Your people, And bless Your inheritance! Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians Over their adversaries. And by virtue of the Cross, Preserve Your habitation!
Kontakion - Tone 4
As You were voluntarily crucified for our sake, Grant mercy to those who are called by Your name; Make all Orthodox Christians glad by Your power, Granting them victories over their adversaries, By bestowing on them the invincible trophy, Your weapon of peace!