The Influence of the Passions (Luke 18, 18-27)

The Influence of the Passions (Luke 18, 18-27)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘When he heard this, he became sad’ The nobleman who approached Christ wasn’t a person of bad intentions. On the contrary, he was well-disposed, a strict observer of the commandments of the Law and, indeed, the sort of person who was...

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In a strange manner

In a strange manner

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Abbas Pimen had a wonderful saying: ‘Bind yourself to a man who fears God and you will have fear of God’. Who is it who really fears God? People who are without passions, are virtuous, sanctified, and constantly repenting. And how beneficial it is for us...

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On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

Abba Dorotheos   Set your minds, brethren, to the examination of your affairs and don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little neglect can lead us into great danger. I lately paid a visit to a monk and found him recovering from an illness. As we were talking I learned that...

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It rages inside us

It rages inside us

Saint John of Kronstadt   All the passions are fire in the soul, a huge fire that rages within us. We have to extinguish them with the water of love, which is so powerful it can put out any internal fire of wickedness and the passions. But woe to us,...

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Killing the passions

Killing the passions

Elder Moses the Athonite †   Christians who are striving aren’t feather-brained dupes, nor are they naïve, simplistic, superficial, shallow, gloomy, weird or abstracted. If they are, they’re not real Christians. Striving Christians are hopeful, joyful, sincere, honourable, whole and humble. The starting-point for self-improvement isn’t at all self-centred. The...

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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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True Knowledge of God and of the Self

True Knowledge of God and of the Self

Saint Justin Popovich   An excerpt from Put Bogopoznanja (The Path to Knowledge of God) Only the nous that has been cleansed of the passions and the darkness of sin and has been sanctified by the Grace of the Holy Spirit is in a position to sense and conceive of...

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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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