Day 17: daily lent practice: How? Know your spiritual poverty

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“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot
bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither
can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you
are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him,
bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
(John 15:4-5)

“When your heart inclines to evil, and the evil one
begins to undermine your heart, so that it is completely
removed from the rock of faith, then say to yourself
inwardly:

‘I know of my spiritual poverty, my own nothingness
without faith.

I am so weak, that it is only by Christ’s name that I live
and obtain peace, that I rejoice and my heart expands,
whilst without Him I am spiritually dead, I am troubled,
and my heart is oppressed; without the Lord’s Cross
I should have been long since the victim of the most
cruel distress and despair.

Only Christ keeps me alive: and the Cross is my
peace and my consolation.’”

St John of Kronstadt


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