A Treasure Soon Spent

Today St. Syncletica teaches that much praise weakens the soul and virtue for show will not last.

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V.viii.19. Holy Syncletica said, “Just as treasure is soon spent when brought out into the open, so does virtue quickly perish when publicly taken notice of. Just as wax soon melts when brought to the fire so the soul is weakened by overmuch praise and loses its former strength.!
V.viii.20. She also said, “Just as it is impossible to be both seed and full-grown plant all at the same time, so it is impossible for anyone basking in worldly glory to gather heavenly fruit.”

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From: De Vitis Patrum, Book V. Libellus 8: Do nothing for show.

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