Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Excerpts from St. John of the Ladder on Illness

Christ healing the paralytic (source)
"When we see one of our athletes in Christ in bodily suffering and infirmity, let us not maliciously seek to learn the explanation of his illness, but rather with simple and genuine love let us try to heal him as though he were part of our own body, and as a fellow warrior wounded in the fray.

"Sickness is sometimes for the cleansing of sins, and sometimes to humble our mind.

"All that happens to us, seen or unseen, can be taken by us in a good or a passionate or some middle disposition. I saw three brethren punished: one was angry, one suppressed his grief, but the third reaped the fruit of great joy."
-St. John of the Ladder

St. John Climacus (source)
Through the prayers of your Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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