Dispassion is not freedom

“Dispassion is not freedom from attack by the demons, for to be free from such attack we must, as the Apostle says, ‘go out of the world’ (1 Cor. 5:10); but it is to remain undefeated when they do attack.” —  St. Diadochos of Photiki, “On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination”, Philokalia, vol 1, pg. 294

Dover Beach

“I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’ — though it contains (and in a legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory.”

– J. R. R. Tolkien

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