What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009)   Created as God-like from the beginning, man would not accept anything irrational in his thoughts and in his life. All his thoughts and his motions were proper since they had been illuminated by the divine Grace. As soon as he was deceived and severed...

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Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them – 2

Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them – 2

Abbas Dorotheos When I was in the coenobium, the Abbot, with the consent of the Elders, made me guest-master. I was, at the time, recovering from a serious illness. Strangers came and I stayed up with them; camel-drivers arrived and I looked after them. And there were lots of times...

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Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them

Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them

Abbas Dorotheos: That we should take care to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes accustomed to them. Dorothei Gaza, frescă Dionysiou, 1547 INPut your minds, brethren, to the way things are and see that you don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little inattention can lead us into...

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The Secret is in the Climbing

The Secret is in the Climbing

His name was John (AD 579 – 649). A seventh century monk and eventually the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine at the base of Mt. Sinai, he came to be known in history as John of the Ladder (Κλιμακος), and he left Christendom with a text that...

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The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙΙ

The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙΙ

Saint Nil of Sorskij   During the period of relentless warfare, we must arm ourselves against the spirit of ingratitude and blasphemy, because it’s with those weapons that the enemy attacks us at that moment. Satan defeats people with doubt and fear and directs wicked thoughts at them like arrows:...

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The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙ

The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙ

Saint Nil of Sorskij   Sorrow We have a great struggle to wage against the evil spirit of sorrow, which brings the soul into despair and perdition. If the sorrow is occasioned by other people, we have to suffer it with joy, and pray for those who have saddened us,...

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The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part I

The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part I

Saint Nil of Sorskij   Avarice The passion for the acquisition of wealth, said the Fathers, is not part of human nature and is due to a lack of faith and people’s sick way of thinking. This is why it requires no small effort to combat this passion, if, with...

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Do not feed your passions by yielding to them

Do not feed your passions by yielding to them

Elder Ephraim of Arizona   Do not feed your passions by yielding to them, so that you do not suffer pain and affliction later! Labor now, as much as you can, because otherwise, if the passions are not tended to, in time they become second nature, and then try and...

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Punks to Monks:Effects of the Last Rebellion

Punks to Monks:Effects of the Last Rebellion

Watch Now as Fr. John Valadez unpacks what he means by Death to the World. “The world” is the general name for all the passions. When we wish to call the passions by a common name, we call them the world. But when we wish to distinguish them by their special names,...

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The Spirit of Lust

The Spirit of Lust

Saint Cassian the Roman   The second struggle we have to engage in is against the spirit of lust and bodily desire, which begins to bother people at an early age. This is a great and difficult struggle, that’s fought on two fronts. Because, whereas the other failings battle away...

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