Laziness and Discouragement

by Scott D. Hendricks

Therefore, knowing these things, let us neither lose hope nor be lazy, because each of these is deadly. Discouragement does not allow the one who falls to get back up, and laziness throws down the one who is upright. The latter deprives us constantly of the goods that we gain; it does not allow us to escape from the evils that are to come. Laziness throws us down even from heaven, while discouragement hurls us down even to the very abyss of wickedness. Indeed, we can quickly return from there if we do not become discouraged.

~ St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom, On Repentance and Almsgiving, translated by Gus George Christo (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 1998), 5.