Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers

Involuntary_thoughts

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86. We have a love for the causes of involuntary thoughts, and that is why they come. In the case of voluntary thoughts we clearly have a love not only for the causes but also for the objects with which they are concerned. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779



190. Involuntary thoughts arise from previous sin; voluntary ones from our free will. Thus the latter are the cause of the former. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

191. Evil thoughts which arise against our will are accompanied by remorse, and so they soon disappear; but when they are freely chosen, they are accompanied by pleasure, and so they are hard to get rid of. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

208. He who willingly accepts chastening by affliction is not dominated by evil thoughts against his will; whereas he who does not accept affliction is taken prisoner by evil thoughts, even though he resists them. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779





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