St. Mark the Ascetic: He who hates the passions gets rid of their causes. . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“He who hates the passions gets rid of their causes. But he who is attracted by their causes is attacked by the passions even though he does not wish it.”

+ St. Mark the Ascetic, “On Those Who Think They are Made Righteous by Works: Two Hundred and Twenty-Six Texts” No. 119, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 1)