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The Ladder of Divine Ascent

When temptation comes, our best weapons are sackcloth and ashes, all-night vigils standing up, hunger, the mearest touch of water when we are thirsty, time passed among the burial places of the dead, and the most important of all, humility of the heart; and if possible a spiritual director or helpful brother, old in wisdom rather than years, should also support us. Indeed it would come as a great surprise if anyone could, by his efforts alone, save his ship from the sea.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Mahwah: Paulist Press, p. 179

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