December 02, 2010 Length: 1:01
St. John Climacus on what constitutes true discernment.
When you were young and made a bad choice, the adults in your life probably told you to use discernment next time. This raises the question: what is true discernment? St. John Climacus answers,
Discernment in beginners is true knowledge of themselves; in intermediate souls, it is a spiritual sense that faultlessly distinguishes what is truly good from what is of nature and opposed to it; and in the perfect, it is the knowledge which they have within by Divine illumination, and which can enlighten with its lamp what is dark in others.
"It has meant the world to me. I have the computer on upstairs and AFR blaring, so as I’m doing household chores there is all this wonderful Orthodox music drifting downstairs and filling all my senses! What a wonderful environment to be in! Glory to God!"