“Nothing equals or excels God’s mercies. Therefore, he who despairs is committing suicide. A sign of true repentance is the acknowledgment that we deserve all the afflictions, visible and invisible, that come upon us, and ever greater ones. Moses, after seeing God in the bush, returned again to Egypt, that is, to darkness and to the brick-making of Pharaoh, who was symbolical of the spiritual Pharaoh. But he went back again to the bush, and not only to the bush, but also up the mountain. Whoever has known divine vision will never despair of himself. Job became a beggar, but he became twice as rich again.” – Saint John Climacus/John of the Ladder
Hearken to the presence of the Lord as the Saints did and never fall from the Ladder of Divine Ascent by giving in to despair! Kyrie Eleison! Christe Eleison!
Let us meditate on the Mercies of God and the Truth of His Love conveyed to us by the Blessed Saint John Climacus!