Pride is Darkness

“Pride is the extreme poverty of the soul that thinks itself to be rich and mistakes darkness for light.” St. John Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent XXIII, 23.

Let us not mistake the darkness of the passions or even of ourselves as though our life lay in these things. Riches, houses, cars, bodily pleasures will all go to nothing. To mistake these as the riches we seek to attain then we have truly considered the darkness as though it is the light we seek. Hence we remain unsatisfied and ever pursuing further desires.

 

This would seem to be the intent in The Wisdom of Solomon,

“Seek not death in the error of your life: and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands. For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For he created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth:  (For righteousness is immortal). But ungodly men with their works and words called it to them: for when they thought to have it their friend, they consumed to nought, and made a covenant with it, because they are worthy to take part with it.” Wisdom of Solomon 1.12-16

Inasmuch as we seek our life in these pleasures of ours, or even in our own security, we ‘seek death in the error of our life’.

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  1. Inasmuch as we seek our life in these pleasures of ours, or even in our own security, we ‘seek death in the error of our life’.

    Loved this!

    Anthony

    “My beloved, rebuke yourselves, and confess your own sins, so that God may elevate you.” – St Anthony the Great

    On Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 21:56 An Ancient Faith For a Modern World wrote:

    > alexandrianorthodoxy posted: ” “Pride is the extreme poverty of the soul > that thinks itself to be rich and mistakes darkness for light.” St. John > Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent XXIII, 23. Let us not mistake the > darkness of the passions or even of ourselves as though our life lay ” >

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