The Joy of Peace

Therefore, let the joy of peace be the law written on our heart, rooting out sadness, driving away hatred and destroying wrath, dissolving acedia; for hiding in peaceful forbearance and thanksgiving and overflowing in perseverance, the joy of peace is a sea of virtue, drowning by the cross the resistance of the devil.

-Evagrius of Pontus, “To Eulogios, On the Confession of Thoughts and Counsel in Their Regard,” in Evagrius of Pontus: The Greek Ascetic Corpus, tr. by Robert E. Sinkewicz (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 33-34.

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