St. John Climicus: Do not be surprised that you fall every day . . .

Icon of St. John Climicus“Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but
stand your ground courageously. And assuredly the angel who guards you will honour your patience. While a wound is still fresh and
warm it is easy to heal, but old, neglected and festering ones are hard to cure, and require for their care much treatment, cutting, plastering and cauterization. Many from long neglect become incurable. But with God all things are possible [Matthew 19:26].”

+ St. John Climicus, Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 5.30