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Use Discernment

December 02, 2010 Length: 1:01

St. John Climacus on what constitutes true discernment.

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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.

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