"After Abba John the Dwarf had prayed to the Lord and the Lord had taken away all his passions, he went to one of the experienced old men and said, 'You see before you a man who is completely at rest and has no more temptations.' The elder replied, 'Go and pray to the Lord to stir up your passions once again, for the soul is made strong only in battle. And when this happens, do not pray that the struggle be taken away from you, but only say, "Lord give me strength to get through the fight".' "

To Practice: Don't try to do away with your most persistent passions. Work with them and let them become your spiritual tutors.

The Monks of New Skete in In the Spirit of Happiness