That’s when they thrive28 July 2022
Believers strive not to nourish the passions either by active sin or by giving in to wicked thoughts, because passions are unnatural movements of the soul. When the powers of the soul, that is the appetitive, the spirited and the rational, don’t function naturally, but against nature, then the corresponding passions grow. Purification from the passions is achieved through the corresponding practice of the virtues.
Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos