just how is one to be

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Guard the Heart Saint Theophan

 

 on guarding the heart

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“Just how is one to be?…to shun everyone is, of course impossible, but refuse whenever possible to enter into this circle of worldly life.   When it does pull you against your will, act as if you were not there.

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look but do not see, listen but do not hear

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Let what you see pass by your eyes and what you hear pass by your ears.  Outwardly behave like everyone else, be straightforward and sincere, but guard your heart from sympathies and attractions.

The main thing is to guard the heart, then you will be there in body but not in soul, faithfully carrying out the commandment of the Apostle  ‘be as they that use this world, as not abusing it ‘(1 Cor 7:31)”

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 Saint Theophan the Recluse