St. Hesychios the Priest on watchfulness

“One type of watchfulness consists in closely scrutinizing every mental image or provocation; for only by means of a mental image can Satan fabricate an evil thought and insinuate this into the intellect in order to lead it astray. A second type of watchfulness consists in freeing the heart from all thoughts, keeping it profoundly silent and still, and in praying. A third type consists in continually and humbly calling upon the Lord Jesus Christ for help. A fourth type is always to have the thought of death in one’s mind.” – St. Hesychios the Priest, On Watchfulness and Holiness, 14-17

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One comment

  1. David,

    Thank you so much for posting this. I attend a Bible study on Friday evenings with my husband (pentecostal & charismatic Christians), and I spoke about the “thought” life last week. This is an area where the evil one attacks Christians (I'd say even unbelievers) the most.

    Having suffered severe depression in my life, I can understand how important it is to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

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