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The Overflowing Dam of Malice

March 22, 2011 Length: 1:01

St. John of Kronstadt on the way malice can overwhelm our lives.

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You’ll often hear of anger being described as a wave that washes over people. St. John of Kronstadt uses a similar image when he says,

As water standing behind an earth dam, and finding an aperture, washes it wider and wider and filters through it, if we do not strengthen the dam, or strengthen it insufficiently, at last, with growing weakness on our part and with repeated efforts, the water gets through with greater and greater force, so that at last it becomes very difficult, and even impossible to stop it; so also with malice hidden in the heart of man: if we let it pierce through once, twice, and thrice, it will pour out more and more powerfully, and may at last break through and overflow your dam.

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