Don’t worry, St. Symeon and St. John Damascene are still my favorites… but…
task of moral judgment is always to prompt the soul’s incensive power to engage in inner warfare and to make us self-critical. The task of wisdom is to prompt the intelligence to strict watchfulness, constancy, and spiritual contemplation. The task of righteousness is to direct the appetitive aspect of the soul toward holiness and toward God. Fortitude’s task is to govern the five senses and to keep them always under control, so that through them neither our inner self, the heart, nor our outer self, the body, is defiled. – ST. HESYCHIOS THE PRIEST I, ON WATCHFULNESS AND HOLINESS, SEC. 341
This got me to thinking, tho, that maybe the loss of logical discourse in this country, and in many segments of Protestantism, is that we refuse to exercise moral judgment and as such, our critical thinking skills become completely mundane.
- Allyne Smith, Philokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts: Selections Annotated & Explained (trans. G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Kallistos Ware; SkyLight Illuminations Series; Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2012), 38–39. ↩