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A Program of
Spiritual Formation for Candidates to the Priesthood
The Lay Monastic
Community of Caryana
After Baptism or a good confession, a
soul becomes as a clean slate with nothing written on it. It is now
ready to receive whatever people want to write on it. Of course, God
and his angels would like to write on it; and so does the Fiend with
the help of the spirits of the flesh and the world. The soul is free
to choose who would do the writing. And it gets what it consents
The new promptings on the clean slate comes from both
God's spirit and the three evil spirits. None from you. What is
yours is the ability to consent. Maybe before you were prone to
evil; but since the slate is clean you are now able to be good than
to be evil. But there is nothing in you to urge you to good or evil.
So neither the good nor the evil comes from your soul. It is the
consent to good or evil that comes from your soul.
soul consents to the flesh, the world, or to the wicked Fiend, then
the soul takes the functions of these evil spirits. If the soul
consents to the Spirit of God then it takes the functions of that
spirit through clean living, resistance to the flesh, heavenly
mindedness in dealing with the world and possessed of godly peace
and love when faced with the spirit of malice and
So not all thoughts, good or evil, come from the
heart. But the consent to thoughts is always ours…whether for good
or for evil. May we always consent to the good and resist that which
is evil. Amen.
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