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Run Swiftly

Gregory Nazianzen | May 23

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. —Proverbs 1:15-16

“Readiness to do evil and tardiness in doing good are equally bad.”

The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Traditional Icon

Take my advice, my friend, and be slow to do evil, but swiftly run toward your salvation. For readiness to do evil and tardiness in doing good are equally bad. If you are invited to a revelry, don’t be quick to go. If you are tempted to back­slide, leap away. If a group of evildoers says to you, “Come with us, share our bloodguiltiness, let us hide in the earth a righteous man unjust­ly,” don’t even listen to them. Then you will ben­efit greatly in two ways: you will make the other people realize their sin, and you will save your­self from keeping evil company. David said to you, “Come and let us rejoice in the Lord,” and a prophet said, “Come and let us ascend into the Mountain of the Lord.” Our Savior Himself said, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Don’t resist them and don’t delay. Instead, be like Peter and John, and hurry to the tomb and the Resurrection.


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