Sep 2, 2018
Inwardly, in our thoughts, our hearts, our will power, there is an unusual force constantly working every day, every moment so as to with draw us from God. This force suggests to us thoughts, desires, concerns, intentions, preoccupations, words, false deeds --- all of which motivate in us the passions, and urge them violently in us.
I mean this is the cunningness, envy, covetousness, pride, vain glory, slothfulness, disobedience, stubbornness, deceit and wrath.
Father John of Kronstadt.