Little known saint explains how to overcome the 8 most common vices that induce people to sin

In this treatise, St. John Cassian outlines with a kind of battle-hardened wisdom the eight chief vices that cause us to fall into sin.  In some ways, it is a Christian monastic’s version of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, the great precursor to more spiritually militant works as the Spiritual Exercisesof St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Handbook of Spiritual Counsel by St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite (an Orthodox saint), and Lorenzo Scupoli’s The Spiritual Combat.  All provide excellent “field manuals” in the battle against sin and temptation.

What is absolutely fascinating is the way in which Cassian describes these vices in an almost personified way, depicting them in his words as hideous forms of demons, and describing them as almost living entities that afflict the Christian soul.  For example, he talks about dejection as a “malicious demon” that “seizes our soul and darkens it completely”.

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