Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: anonymous

“Once I saw the devil lying in wait outside the cell of my disciple,” said a sagacious elder. “So I cast an eye inside to see what my disciple was doing. He had the Holy Scriptures open in front of him and was plunged deep in study. As soon as he closed the book and ended his reading, the devil rushed in to tempt him.”

Have you ever had the experience of reading something deeply spiritual, be it the Bible or another good and wise book? You close the book for the moment and at some point in the future find yourself acting in a manner contrary to what you just read?  Yeah, me too.


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