Do You Experience Spiritual Suffering?
August 02, 2010 Length: 1:01
St. John Chrysostom reminds us that we suffer spiritually as well as physically.
When we have a cold or the flu, every part of our body feels out-of-whack. St. John Chrysostom points out that we easily feel physical problems, but we aren’t so attentive to our spiritual problems:
For since for the most part when the soul is diseased we feel no pain, but if the body receive though but a little hurt, we use every exertion to free it from its infirmity, because we are sensible of the infirmity, therefore God oftentimes punishes the body for the transgressions of the soul, so that by means of the scourging of the inferior part, the better part also may receive some healing.
So, use times of physical discomfort or sickness to remember to pay special attention to the condition of your soul.
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