Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: What are the other signs of a doubting
Master: Timidity of soul is a sign of
a weak faith. On the other hand, a firm will is a sign of a strong
is the cause of a weak faith?
Too much love for one's flesh, which makes you timid whenever
the body is in danger.
do you remove all these wrong tendencies acquired by the soul?
of studying the Divine Scriptures and understanding the depths of
the thoughts they contain.
does this happen?
man's thoughts are immersed in the delight of fathoming the hidden
wisdom of the words, a man leaves the world behind and forgets all
that is in the world, in proportion to the enlightenment he draws
What if the soul cannot penetrate the depths of Scriptures?
The very fact that he is occupied with zeal to understand Scriptures
Does this apply only to Scriptures?
It also applies to the writings of the Saints.
Isaac of Syria