Category Archives: St. John Climicus (of the Ladder)

St. John Climacus: The memory of insults is the residue of anger. . . .

Icon of St. John ClimicusRemembrance of wrongs is the consummation of anger, the keeper of sins, hatred of righteousness, ruin of virtues, poison of the soul, worm of the mind, shame of prayer, stopping of supplication, estrangement of love, a nail stuck in the soul, pleasureless feeling beloved in the sweetness of bitterness, continuous sin, unsleeping transgression, hourly malice.

This dark and hateful passion, I mean remembrance of wrongs, is one of those that are produced but have no offspring. That is why we do not intend to say much about it.

He who has put a stop to anger has also destroyed remembrance of wrongs; because childbirth continues only while the father is alive.

+ St. John Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 9.2-4

St. John Climacus: Let your prayer be completely simple. . . .

Pic Return of the Prodigal Rembrant Cropped“Let your prayer be completely simple. For both the publican and the prodigal son were reconciled to God by a single phrase.”

+ St. John Climacus, Step 28.5, Ladder of Divine Ascent

St. John Climicus: . . . Remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.

Pic Archbishop Dmitri Hands Death“It is impossible, someone says, impossible to spend the present day devoutly unless we regard it as the last of our whole life. And it is truly astonishing how even the pagans have said something of the sort, since they define philosophy as meditation on death.

This is the sixth step. He who has mounted it will never sin again. Remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin [Ecclesiasticus/Wisdom of Sirach 7:36].”

+ St. John Climicus, Step 6.24, Ladder of Divine Ascent

St. John Climicus: If you want to overcome the spirit of slander . . .

Pic St Catherine Sinai Demon TormentHe who wants to overcome the spirit of slander, should not ascribe the blame to the person who falls, but to the demon who suggests it. For no one really wants to sin against God, even though we do all sin without being forced to do so.”

+ St. John Climicus, Step 10.5, Ladder of Divine Ascent

St. John Climacus: Do not say, after spending a long time in prayer . . .

Icon of St. John Climicus“Do not say, after spending a long time in prayer, that nothing has been gained; for you have already gained something. And what higher good is there than to cling to the Lord and persevere in unceasing union with Him?”

+ St. John Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 28.29

St. John Climacus: . . . silencing the lips when the heart is excited. . . .

Pic Raging Storm“The first stage of this tranquility consists in silencing the lips when the heart is excited. The second, in silencing the mind when the soul is still excited. The goal is a perfect peacefulness even in the middle of the raging storm.”

+ St. John Climacus, Step 8.4, Ladder of Divine Ascent

St. John Climicus: Some people with a hot temper do not worry . . .

Icon of St. John Climicus“Some people with a hot temper do not worry about it and ignore the remedies that would heal them. They forget, unfortunately, what is written:’ Surely anger kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple,’ (Job 5:2).”

— St. John Climacus

St. John Climicus: Do not be surprised that you fall every day . . .

Pic Prayer Rope“Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly the angel who guards you will honour your patience. While a wound is still fresh and warm it is easy to heal, but old, neglected and festering ones are hard to cure, and require for their care much treatment, cutting, plastering and cauterization. Many from long neglect become incurable. But with God all things are possible [Matthew 19:26].”

+ St. John Climicus, Step 5.30, Ladder of Divine Ascent

 

St. John Climacus: If the Holy Spirit is peace of soul . . .

Icon of St. John Climicus“If the Holy Spirit is peace of soul, as He is said to be, and as He is in reality, and if anger is disturbance of heart, as it actually is and as it is said to be, then nothing so prevents His presence in us as anger.”

— St. John Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 8.14

St. John of the Ladder: At no time do we find God revealing . . .

Icon of St. John Climicus“At no time do we find God revealing the sins which have been confessed to Him, lest by making these public knowledge, He should impede those who would confess and so make them incurably sick.”

— St. John of the Ladder, To the Shepherd, PG 88, 1196B