Thursday, January 1, 2015

Struggles with passions - Gluttony (St. Nilus of Sinai)

The beginning of a fruit is a blossom, while the beginning of a productive life is self-restraint. A sufficient quantity of matter will fill a container, but a stomach, even if it bursts, will not say: enough. A body sparsely fed is like a well-ridden horse — it will never throw its rider. Just as a dead enemy will not evoke fear, so a body mortified through fasting will not disturb your soul.

(St. Nilus of Sinai)
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