“A young monk sadly said the following to the holy Poimen: “My body, Abba, has been weakened by ascetic practices, but my passions do not yield.”

“The passions, my child,” answered the wise Father, “are similar to tough thorns; in uprooting them, your hands of necessity bleed.” – from selections from the Evergetinos

I asked my husband if he thought my current vein of posting was useful, and he said yes, it is helpful for you to learn the nature of what bothers you, or something to that effect.