“Utter some angry words”: Surprising Advice from Evagrius of Ponticus

Here’s a surprising bit of advice from a desert theologian I came to appreciate in writing Time and Despondency:   When you are tempted, do not fall immediately to prayer. First utter some angry words against the [demon] who afflicts you. Evagrius, The Praktikos 42 The quotation is found nestled into the middle pages of his treatise called The Praktikos, a…