St. Hesychios the Priest on the passions

“The intellect is made blind by these three passions: avarice, self-esteem, and sensual pleasure. These three passions on their own dull spiritual knowledge and faith, the foster-brothers of our nature. It is because of them that wrath, anger, war, murder and all other evils have such power over mankind.” – St. Hesychios the Priest, On Watchfulness and Holiness, 57-59

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