Thought of the day
Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time

The Holy Spirit triumphs within us over the spirits of evil

Diadochus of Photike (c.400-?), Bishop 
One hundred chapters on spiritual knowledge, 6, 26, 28 ; PG 65 (trans. ©The Eling Trust, 1979)
The Holy Spirit triumphs within us over the spirits of evil

The light of true knowledge is the power to discriminate without error between good and evil… Those pursuing the spiritual way must always keep the mind free from agitation in order that the intellect, as it discriminates among the thoughts that pass through the mind, may store in the treasuries of its memory those thoughts which are good and have been sent by God, while casting out those which are evil and come from the devil. When the sea is calm, fishermen can scan its depths and therefore hardly any creature moving in the water escapes their notice. But when the sea is disturbed by the winds, it hides beneath its turbid and agitated waves what it was happy to reveal when it was smiling and calm…

Only the Holy Spirit can purify the intellect, for unless a greater power comes and overthrows the despoiler, what he has taken captive will never be set free. In every way, therefore, and especially through peace of soul, we must make ourselves a dwelling-place for the Holy Spirit. Then we shall have the lamp of spiritual knowledge burning always within us; and when it is shining constantly in the inner shrine of the soul, not only will the intellect perceive all the dark and bitter attacks of the demons, but these attacks will be greatly weakened when exposed for what they are by that glorious and holy light. That is why the Apostle Paul says: “Do not quench the Spirit” (1Thess 5,19).
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