They suddenly pounce

10 December 2021

The demons usually withdraw, cunningly, for a time, so that we become lax, think we’ve overcome the passions and stop being careful. Then they suddenly pounce on our soul and snatch it away like a sparrow. And if they defeat it, they mercilessly incite it to commit all sorts of sins, even worse than the ones for which it earlier asked forgiveness.

Saint Isaiah the Hermit