The Desert Father’s on Sanctification

“The fathers stress the Pauline admonition to ‘press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me’ (Phil. 3:14). There must be no stopping in the pursuit of virtue. ‘Prepare yourself for continual labor; struggle and effort, allowing no thought of alleviation.’ Never for a moment imagine that ‘the virtue is already gained in its perfection.’ (Ibid., 177)
Also, do not assume that you can ascend to your goal quickly. ‘Make gradual progress your rule, moving from below upwards.'” (Embrace p. 192)

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