That’s when they grow

5 November 2021

When the powers of the soul, that is the appetitive, the spirited and the rational don’t work naturally, but in an unnatural manner, that’s when the corresponding passions grow. Purification from the passions is achieved through the corresponding exercise of the virtues. As regards the appetitive, we place self-restraint against love of pleasure and greed; for the spirited, love in place of malevolence and anger; and for the rational, sobriety and prayer against obliviousness and ignorance.

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos