Feb 12, 2019
You cannot escape shame except by shame. It is often the habit of the demons to persuade us either not to confess, or to do so as if we were confessing another person’s sins, or to lay the blame for our sin on others. Lay bare, lay bare your wound to the physician and, without being ashamed, say: ‘It is my wound, Father, it is my plague, caused by my own negligence, and not by anything else.
No one is to blame for this, no man, no spirit, no body, nothing but my own carelessness.’
St. John of the Ladder