“It is less difficult to cleanse an impure soul than to restore to health a soul which was once cleansed but has been wounded anew. … This is due partly to the influence of bad habit and partly to the fact that the demon of objection is always dangling the image of sin before them. But with the co-operation of divine grace, a diligent and assiduous soul may readily achieve even this difficult feat of regaining its dispassion …
“No one among us can prevail by his own unaided strength over the devices and wiles of the evil one; he can prevail only through the invincible power of Christ. … Thus I entreat you neither to entrust everything to God and then fall asleep, nor to think, when you are striving diligently, that you will achieve everything by your own efforts.” ~The Philokalia
A Pure Soul
Rather than cleansing the soul, it would be more accurate to say awakening the soul. It is not that the soul of the materialistic types are soiled or rotten, but that they have never been awakened at all. I’m not sure it is always harder to reclaim a fallen soul than it is to initially awaken one, but it could be true in many cases.
One reason why it might be true is that you cannot really be blamed for having a dormant spirit and soul if no one has after taught you how to awaken those faculties, or even that it is necessary to do so. Once they have been awakened, however, and then you return to the world of materialism and give up on spiritual development, you now must accept at least some of the blame when you realize your mistake. In doing so, you admit that you are weak, and that does not put you in a good mental state to return to the spiritual. Continue reading “A Pure Soul and Keeping it Pure”