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The Martyrdom of Ignatius

Companions of Ignatius

Dialogue of Justin

Saint Justin Martyr

The Apostolic Fathers

Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

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The Ladder of Divine Ascent

Saint John Climacus

God is merciful before a fall, inexorable after - so the demons say.
Pride is a denial of God, an invention of the devil, contempt for men. It is the mother of condemnation, the offspring of praise, a sign of barrenness. It is a flight from God's help, the harbinger of madness, the author of downfall. It is the cause of diabolic possession, the source of anger, the gateway of hypocrisy. It is the fortress of demons, the custodian of sins, the source of hardheartedness. It is the denial of compassion, a bitter pharisee, a cruel judge. It is the foe of God. It is the root of blasphemy