Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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...intemperance and attachment to things cause torrents of passions to flood the soil of the heart and deposit there all the mud and filth of thoughts, thus confusing the mind, darkening the heart and weighing down the body. In the heart and the soul they produce negligence, darkness and death and deprive them of the feeling and disposition natural to them. St. Gregory of Sinai (Texts on Commandments and Dogmas no. 105)

As earth thrown over it extinguishes a fire burning in a stove, so worldly cares and every kind of attachment to something, however small and insignificant, destroy the warmth of the heart which was there at first. St. Simeon the New Theologian (Practical and Theological Precepts no. 63, Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart; Faber and Faber pg. 111)

How destructive to the heart is even momentary attachment for anything earthly. St John of Kronstadt

Redeeming the Time

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