Fear and Love

“No one can love God consciously in his heart unless he has first feared him with all his heart.” St. Diadochos of Photiki, On Spiritual Knowledge, #16 I do not fear God with all my heart.  Instead, I fear people.  This troubling realization came to me two weeks ago as I read Jesus’ words in Luke […]

The Horse of Self-Esteem

“Of the unclean demons, some tempt man in so far as he is a man, while others disturb him in so far as he is a non-rational animal. The first…suggest to us notions of self-esteem, pride, envy or censoriousness…whereas the second…arouse incensive power and desire in a manner contrary to nature.” -Evagrios the Solitary, “On […]