Learn with sincerity

(Hypothesis XVIII – It is necessary for one who wishes to be saved to seek the company of virtuous people and, as a thing much beneficial, to question them with exceeding desire and flaming zeal, so as to learn from them all those things which are essential for the salvation of the soul.)

1. Abba Palladios said: “The soul which conducts itself in a way must either learn with sincerity what it does not know or must teach with clarity whatever it has learned. If it does not desire to do either of these two things, then it is possessed by madness; for the beginning of apostasy is found in the absence of instructive words and in lack of a desire for instruction, since the soul which loves God is always hungry for the word of God.”

The Evergetinos, The First Book, p. 134

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