How to qualify for the contest of sanctification

Those who enter the contest of sanctification must renounce all things, despise all things, and shake off all things, that they may lay a firm foundation. A good foundation of three layers and three pillars is innocence, fasting and temperance. Let all babes in Christ begin with these virtues, taking as their model the natural babies. For you never find in them anything sly or deceitful. They have no insatiate appetite, no insatiable stomach, no body on fire; but perhaps as they grow, in proportion as they take more food, their natural passions also increase.

Based on St. John of the Ladder

In this photo are to be seen some cells from Vatopaidi’s teritory: St. Archangels (left), St. Constantine and Helen (right) and to the top St. Nikolaos

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