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The time of conflict is in this world's battles brief, and, even in that short space, there is many a truce; for the approach of night, weariness of slaying, time for food, and other things are wont to give the warrior respite; so that he may put off his armour and take breath, and refresh himself with eating and drinking and, by other means, regain his former strength.

But in our war with Satan, there is no room for laying aside arms; nor can sleep be taken by him that would always abide unwounded; for one of two things must happen -- either to be disarmed and so to fall and perish or to stand continually equipped and vigilant. Satan is ever standing with his array on the watch for our relaxing and he brings greater diligence to bear upon our destruction than we upon our salvation. The fact that he is not seen by us and that his assault is sudden proves that this war is more perilous and uncertain.

He who in peace considers the business of war will be formidable in the season of battle; but he who is without experience in the things of war will be more troubles,  even in the days of peace.

St. John Chrysostom







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