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Finding Sancturary

Wrestling with One’s Demons

When they spend time in solitude and in silence, people inevitably have to wrestle with their own demon, the forces of evil that will tempt a solitary monk or nun away from their solitude, away from the silence and away from their prayers.  Anybody who has seriously pursued a life of silence and prayer knows that those forces are powerfully real.  The notion that this silence leads to tranquility is a very modern assumption.  The monastic tradition sees any such tranquility as short-lived consolation to encourage beginners, which will dissipate once the search for God is pursued with real determination and the demons get to work to prevent any further progress.    Page 42

From:  Finding Sanctuary
By:  Abbot Christopher Jam

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