St. Maximos the Confessor: When the demons expel self-restraint . . .

Icon of St. Maximos the Confessor“When the demons expel self-restraint from your intellect and besiege you with thoughts of unchastity, turn to the Lord with tears and say, ‘Now they have driven me out and encircled me’ (Ps. 17:11. LXX); ‘Thou art my supreme joy: deliver me from those who encircle me’ (Ps. 32:7. LXX). Then you will be safe.”

+ St. Maximos the Confessor, Four Hundred Texts on Love 2.18, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)