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June 29, 2016 + About How the Slothful Man Excuses Himself

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

The slothful man says: A lion is outside; in the streets I might be slain! (Proverbs 22:13)

In order to justify his slothfulness, the slothful man emphasizes the difficulties and obstacles of a certain task and magnifies them beyond measure. If a man annoys him, he will say that the entire village annoys him; if the leaves rustle, he will justify that he is unable to go to work because of a storm; if a rabbit is in front of his house, he will say it is a lion! He says this in order not to leave the house and to delay his work.

Slothfulness is completely contrary to the nature of man. The nature of man is activity; the nature of man seeks to be occupied, to work and to build. Slothfulness is the sure sign of a distortion of the nature of man. That slothfulness is a terrible vice is clear in that an active man is never envious of the slothful man, while the slothful man is envious of the active man; in the same manner a sober man is not envious of the drunk, while the drunk is envious of the sober man.

O Lord, ever-active Creator, save us from the dull and sinful slothfulness by which we distance ourselves from our primordial nature [created] from Your image and likeness, Master of all things! Inspire us, with Your Holy Spirit, all-compassionate and joy-creating.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

The Prologue of Ohrid: Lives of the Saints, All Sebastian Press Publications, June 22nd.


St. Sisoes the Great

Troparion, Tone 5

From your youth you followed the angelic life and were therefore filled with many godly gifts. O Sisoes, emulator of the angels, in the hour of your going forth from this life, you shone resplendently as the sun, revealing your glory and illuminating our souls!

Kontakion, Tone 4

In asceticism you were revealed to be an earthly angel, continually enlightening the thoughts of the faithful with divine signs. Therefore we honor you with faith, venerable Sisoes.

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