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        Just as certain winged creatures are too fat to fly, so are people who over-feed their bodies.   

        Just as pigs do not feel attracted to dry mud, so do the devils find no pleasure in a body desiccated by penance.     

        Just as oil calms the rage of the sea even it seems to resist the pacifying effect, so is the heat of the body's passions cooled by fasting even if they object. 

        Just as water when it is squeezed on all sides shoots up above, so does the soul when it is pressed hard by dangers often rise to God and be saved. 

        Just as fire is not born from snow, so is the seeker after worldly honours not seeking heavenly ones.   

        Just as people who spend hours in bed are easily burgled, so are those who wish to practice virtue without withdrawing from the world.   

        Just as anyone fighting a lion is lost as soon as he takes his eyes off him, so is the one fighting the flesh if he takes a break for a moment. 

John Climacus 







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