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#1 Angie


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:48 AM

Has anyone heard of this saying, I know a spiritual father has said it, but don't know which one.


"It is acceptable to forgive the person and still maintain distance, since contact can bring temptation.


As fathers say, peace of the soul has to be our primary goal, (by forgiveness we reach it, and also by avoiding future contact we do not provoke ourselves)"



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 10:12 AM

I cannot say anything about these exact words, but sayings on similar lines can be found in the Holy Fathers. One of the desert fathers said, 'be friendly with everyone and friends with no one', and St Theophan the Recluse warned against getting too close to other people.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 04:42 PM

St. John Climacus

14. The remembrance of Jesus’ sufferings cures remembrance of wrongs which is mightily shamed by 
His forbearance. 
15. Worms grow in a rotten tree, and malice finds a place in falsely meek and silent people. He who has 
cast it out has found forgiveness, but he who sticks to it is deprived of mercy. 
16. Some, for the sake of forgiveness, give themselves up to labours and struggles, but a man who is 
forgetful of wrongs excels them. If you forgive quickly, then you will be generously forgiven.3 
17. The forgetting of wrongs is a sign of true repentance. But he who dwells on them and thinks that he 
is repenting is like a man who thinks he is running while he is really asleep. 


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