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'Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord: and pure words most beautiful shall be confirmed by him.'
passions lying hidden in the soul provide the demons with the means of
arousing impassioned thoughts in us. Then, fighting the intellect
through these thoughts, they force it to give its assent to sin. When it
has been overcome, they lead it to sin in the mind; and when this has
been done they induce it, captive as it is, to commit the sin in action.
Having thus desolated the soul by means of these thoughts, the demons
then retreat, taking the thoughts with them, and only the specter or
idol of sin remains in the intellect. Referring to this our Lord says,
"When you see the abominable idol of desolation standing in the holy
place (let him who reads understand) . . . " (Matt. 24:15). For man's
intellect is a holy place and a temple of God in which the demons,
having desolated the soul by means of impassioned thoughts, set up the
idol of sin. That these things have already taken place in history no
one, I think, who has read Josephus will doubt; though some say that
they will also come to pass in the time of the Antichrist.'
St. Maximos the Confessor
this movement of the heart is not unsuitably illustrated by the
comparison of a mill wheel, which the headlong rush of water whirls
round, with revolving impetus, and which can never stop its work so long
as it is driven round by the action of the water: but it is in the
power of the man who directs it, to decide whether he will have wheat or
barley or darnel ground by it. That certainly must be crushed by it
which is put into it by the man who has charge of that business. So then
the mind also through the trials of the present life is driven by the
torrents of temptations pouring in upon it from all sides, and cannot be
free from the flow of thoughts: but the character of the thoughts which
it should either throw off or admit for itself, it will provide by the
efforts of its own earnestness and diligence: for if, as we said, we
constantly recur to meditation on the Holy Scriptures and raise our
memory towards the recollection of spiritual things and the desire for
perfection and the hope of future bliss, spiritual thoughts are sure to
rise from this, and cause the mind to dwell on those things on which we
have been meditating. But if we are overcome by sloth or carelessness
and spend our time in idle gossip, or are entangled in the cares of the
world and unnecessary anxieties, the result will be that a sort of
species of tares will spring up, and afford an injurious occupation for
our hearts, and as our Lord and Saviour says, whereever the treasure of
our works or purpose may be, there also our heart is sure to continue.'
St. Moses the Black
the rest, brethren, whatsoever is true, whatsoever is modest,
whatsoever is just, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is amiable,
whatsoever is gracious, if there is any virtue, if there is any
discipline worthy of praise, think on these.'