The demons praised one of the most discerning brothers, appearing to him in visible form. But this most wise man said to them: ‘If you cease to praise me through the thoughts of my heart, I shall conclude from your departure that I am great. But if you continue to praise me, from your very praise I shall guess my impurity; for every proud-hearted man is unclean before the Lord. And so either go away from me, and then I shall become great, or praise me and through you I shall obtain more humility.’ Struck with bewilderment, they immediately vanished from sight.
We need to be humble, wise and calm.
Based on Saint John of the Ladder
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