Orthodox Thought for the Day


Friday, January 31, 2014

Excise the passion that besets you

So, I beg you, let each of you show interest now at least, even if not in the past, to excise from the soul whatever blemish you have perceived to be troubling you more than other passions, and by recourse to pious thinking as though by some spiritual sword rid yourself of that passion.  God, you see, has given us the power of thinking that is adequate and capable, if we were prepared to ponder a little, of subduing each of the passions rising within us. For this reason the grace of the Spirit has left written for us in the pages of the sacred writings the lives and conduct of all holy people so that we might learn all the deeds of virtue they performed, people of the same nature as ourselves, and that we might not be lazy in the practice of virtue. 

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