Alertness keeps the mind
clean. Laziness binds the soul. The alert soul fights against fornication;
the sleepy soul goes to live with it. Alertness quenches the vices; laziness
fertilizes the vices.
The vigilant soul is a fisher
of good and noble thoughts; and in the silence of the night he can easily
observe and catch them.
The bell rings for prayer. The
soul who loves God says, "Bravo." The lazy soul says, "Oh no,
The bell for prayer excites
the lovers of God, the bell for meals excites the glutton.
Long sleep produces
forgetfulness; but keeping vigils clears the memory.
The lazy soul is wide awake
when talking to his friends but half asleep when talking to God. When idle
talk begins, he is awake; when Sacred reading begins, he falls asleep.
Community prayer is imposed so
that the lazy soul, out of shame, may stay awake. He who dozes off in spite
of the community is utterly shameless.
Just as the merchant counts
his profits at the end of the day, the Christian soul must count his profits
after his prayers. Note how, after prayers, all the demons attack to take
away the seeds of prayer implanted in your soul.
St. John Climacus