the worst of all sins…

Blessed Ambrose of Optina (modern)

I know that you have many sorrows and much…unpleasantness.  But tell and enlighten yourself with the remembrance that in hell it is much worse, more wearying and doleful, and there is no hope of deliverance from it.  If a person endures sorrows with submission to God’s will, confessing his sins, then he will through this be delivered from eternal torments.  Therefore we had better endure unpleasantries here, no matter how difficult they are, turning our grief over to God and praying to Him with humility that He deliver us from faintheartedness and despair, which are the worst of all sins.

~Elder Ambrose of Optina

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