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Elder Nektary on Psalm 1:1

February 8, 2010

In its external aspect, this means that a man is blessed, who flees impure gatherings, who does not take part in heretical or anti-church teachings. But the mind is also called a man, when it does not accept the thoughts that come from the enemy. It is impossible to forbid such thoughts to come, but it is possible not to confer with them or to entertain them, but to say instead, “Lord, have mercy!” And you’ll see how all that is earthly departs. Thus, he who acts in this manner is called a man.

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