The Ladder of Divine Ascent

our mentor

our mentor

+ after God, let us have our conscience as our mentor so that we may know which way the wind is blowing and set our sails accordingly + Saint John Climacus step 26 : the ladder of divine ascent: no. 6

In union with humility

In union with humility

+ in union with humility, it is impossible that there should be any appearance of hatred, or any kind of dispute… + Saint John Climacus step 25 : the ladder of divine ascent : no. 9

humility

humility

+ birds fear the sight of a hawk, and those who practice humility fear the sound of dispute + Saint John Climacus step 25 : the ladder of divine ascent: no. 51

meekness and simplicity

meekness and simplicity

+ the morning light precedes the sun, and the precursor of humility is meekness + Saint John Climacus step 24 : the ladder of divine ascent: no.  1

on pride

on pride

+ Pride is denial of God, an invention of the devil, the despising of men, the mother of condemnation, the offspring of praise, a sign of sterility, flight from Divine assistance, the precursor of madness, the cause of falls, a foothold for satanic possession, a […]

vainglory

vainglory

+ it is a great work to shake from the soul the love of men + Saint John Climacus step 22 : the ladder of divine ascent : no. 16

be brave

be brave

+ freedom from cowardice comes when we accept all unexpected events with a contrite heart  + Saint John Climacus step 21 : the ladder of divine ascent: no. 9

lovers of God ❤️

lovers of God ❤️

+ The work of prayer exposes lovers of God. + Saint John Climacus step 20 : the ladder of divine ascent: no. 8

insensible

insensible

+ Insensibility is negligence that has become habit. (It is) the ignorance of compunction,  the door to despair, the loss of fear, which gives birth to the loss of the fear of God. + Saint John Climacus step 18 : the ladder of divine ascent: […]

on non-possessiveness

on non-possessiveness

+ Waves never leave the sea, nor do anger and grief leave the avaricious. + Saint John Climacus step 17 : the ladder of divine ascent : no. 10