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When attacked by the devil of vainglory, we counter with the weapon of humility; When attacked by the devil of fornication, we fight it with chastity.  Humility and chastity are signs of an advanced spiritual state.  

But what if we have neither humility nor chastity; then use one devil against another devil.    

When attacked by the devil of vainglory, oppose him with the devil of fornication because it is not possible for the two to attack the soul together for one promises honor, the other causes dishonor.  So, if the devil of fornication disturbs you, use the devil of vainglory to oppose him.  This is like using a nail to drive another nail and shows you are on the way to defeating the demons.  

Try hard to defeat the devil  by using the opposite devil; but try harder to overcome the devil with virtue.  

Abba Evagrius, "Century on Active Life"







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