Saint Paisios on the Arena of Great Lent


Geron-Paisios-81– Elder, what should I reflect on during Great Lent?

– You should reflect on the Passion, the Sacrifice of Christ.
During Great Lent, we are given a greater opportunity  to struggle and participate more intensely in the Saving Passion of Christ: 
with our repentance and prostrations;
with the cutting off of our passions;
with a reduction of our food intake.
For the love of Christ.
– Elder, how can I struggle more with temperance during Lent?
 – Now, during Lent, those in the world take greater care to cultivate temperance, but we monks must always be careful. What is more important, though, is to be careful with the passions of the soul and then the body’s. Because if one prioritizes bodily asceticism over them and does not struggle to eradicate the passions of the soul, he will accomplish  nothing.
A layman once went to a monastery…

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