AND THE ENEMY
The Active Life is putting your
knowledge and understanding of the virtues into action, thus,
practicing long suffering in time of anger, absence of vainglory
when subjected to praise, etc.
If you do not pursue the active
life perfectly, you will easily fall into temptation because you
will not understand the demon's mind and versatility well enough to
be able, when the evil one appears, to repel swiftly the confusion
which he introduces.
If you are thus, pour the fear of
God like oil upon your soul every day, every hour. This fear
accomplishes God's works; this fear becomes a lamp for deciding
about the things that concern us; it makes our minds unshakable, not
carried away by anger, wrath, rancor or any other passion that leads
to wickedness. The fear of God raises one's soul into the
incorporeal region; it makes the soul to hold in contempt the things
which are wrought by the devil.
Pachomian Koinonia II