St. Macarius the Great: Like the tax collectors who sit in the narrow roads . . .

Icon of St. Marcarius the Great“Like the tax collectors who sit in the narrow roads and seize the passers-by and the oppressed, so also the demons watch carefully and grab hold of souls. And when they pass out of the body, if they are not completely purified, they are not permitted to go up into the mansions of Heaven there to meet their Master. For they are driven down by the demons of the air.”

— St. Macarius the Great, Homily 43, 9, CWS p. 222