Illumined Path: Do Not Be Led Astray

From “The Spiritual Counsels of Father John of Kronstadt”:

Illumined Path Music: do not be led astray by the melodious sounds of an instrument or a voice; but by their effect upon the soul consider what is their spirit: if the sound produces within your soul feelings that are calm, chaste, holy, then listen to them, and feed your soul upon them; but if they rouse your soul to lust, or anger, or some other ill-feeling, then cease listening, and throw aside both the flesh and the spirit of such music.

Illumined Path, providing reflections on finding Christ in our everyday lives, is a ministry of St. Elia the Prophet Orthodox Christian Church in Akron, Ohio.

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