Division of the Passions

Diuisio affectionum

«Διαίρεσις τῶν παθῶν», ed. K.G. Phrantzoles, Ὁσίου Ἐφραίμ τοῦ Σύρου ἔργα  5 (Thessalonike: Perivole tes Panagias, 1994), 411.


Some belong to the body, while others belong to the soul. Those that belong to the body are gluttony, unchastity, drunkenness, and licentiousness.

 Those that belong to the soul are hatred for one’s neighbor, envy, querulousness, vainglory, and arrogance. These are operative in our very soul when love and self-control are absent. For when love and self-control are present, all of these are obliterated, some by spiritual love, other by fasting and self-control. For then the intellect recovers its native light and beholds God without obstruction.

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