John of Valaam: “It is good sometimes to remember one’s past sins”

Dover Beach

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“It is good sometimes to remember one’s past sins, for this gives birth to humility; but when memory of former sins leads to despair, it is clear that the enemy is trying to trouble the soul. Do not listen to him, calm yourself, do not be crushed, do not be depressed, try to drive off such disturbing thoughts by prayer.”
Schema-Abbot John of Valaam

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