“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” ~ Galatians 5:24

“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. However, when we wish to distinguish them by their special names, we call them passions. The passions are the following: love of riches, desire for possessions, bodily pleasure from which comes sexual passion, love of honor which gives rise to envy, lust for power, arrogance and pride of position, the craving to adore oneself with luxurious clothes and vain ornaments, the itch for human glory, which is a source of rancor and resentment, and physical fear. Where these passions cease to be active, there the world is dead.  Some has said of the Saints that while alive they were dead: for though living in the flesh, they did not live for the flesh. See for which of these passions you are alive. Then you will know how far you are alive to the world, and how far you are dead to it.”  ~  St. Isaac the Syrian

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