The Parable of the House

V.xi. 48. An old man said to a brother, “The devil is the enemy and you are like a house. The devil ceases not to assail you with whatever kind of murky thoughts he can find, pouring out all kinds of uncleanness into you. What you have to do is to take care to throw outside whatever he throws at you, and if you neglect this your house will be so filled with rubbish that you will strive to enter in vain. Right from the start throw out the things he throws at you and by the grace of Christ your house will stay clean.”

From: DE VITIS PATRUM, BOOK V, Libellus 11: Living Soberly

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