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The devil of despondency or the noon-day devil is the most grievous of all the devils. It attacks the Christian soul about 10:00 a.m. and surrounds the soul up to 2:00 p.m. It begins by giving the soul the impression that time is too slow. It urges the soul to look around for distractions. Then it arouses in the soul vexation against the place and his work. 

This is the time he remembers all his enemies and all the hurt they had done to him, making him long for other places, another work, another companion. Thoughts of relatives and former good times come to mind.

This devil attacks only soulds who are seriously working out their salvation; he does not touch those with no interest in saving their soul. Sinners are usually doing a good job destroying their own souls; they don't need the devil.

But if the Christian soul fights and conquers, this struggle is followed by a peaceful state and the soul becomes filled with ineffable joy. 

St. Abba Evagrius







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