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Where can evil find a foothold?

“You won’t become saints by hounding after evil. Ignore evil. Look towards Christ and He will save you. Instead of standing outside the door shooing the evil one away, treat him with disdain.

If evil approaches from one direction, then calmly turn in the opposite direction. If evil comes to assault you, turn all your inner strength to good, to Christ.

Pray, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ He knows how and in what way to have mercy on you.

And when you have filled yourself with good, don’t turn any more towards evil. In this way you become good on your own, with the grace of God. Where can evil then find a foothold: It disappears!"

- St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia, "Wounded by Love"

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