Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: What is the beginning of the spiritual
Master: The fear of the Lord.
Disciple: Is the fear of the Lord fragile?
Master: It is, in fact, a potent force but it
cannot remain in the soul side by side with worldly distractions.
Disciple: How come?
Master: When your heart serves the senses, your
heart becomes distracted from the sweetness of the Lord.
Disciple: When the heart serves the senses, is
this what you call love of the body?
Master: Yes. And when you love your body, you cannot be
courageous and unafraid; and, in seeking God, one has to be brave.
And bravery comes with faith.
What distracts man most away from God?
The love to be honored, which becomes for him a source of many
Isaac of Nineveh, 660 A.D.