About the queen of the passions.

“What shall I say about the belly, the queen of the passions? If you can deaden or half-deaden it, do not relent. It has mastered me, beloved, and I worship it as a slave and vassal, this abettor of the demons and dwelling-place of the passions. Through it we fall and through it –- when it is well-disciplined -– we rise again… always eat too little, never too much. For when the stomach is heavy the intellect is clouded, and you cannot pray resolutely and with purity….

“If you eat too much, repent and try again. Always act like this –- lapsing and recovering again, and always blaming yourself and no one else -– and you will be at peace, wisely converting such lapses into victories, as Scripture says… To eat again after reaching the point of satiety is to open the door of gluttony, through which unchastity comes in.”

–St. Gregory of Sinai, 14th century

6 thoughts on “About the queen of the passions.

  1. Excellent words. Good thing we’re told to repent and try again. and again. It’s a never ending battle.


  2. I know this problem all too well. The slave of my belly! And so, I am very grateful for the current season as we embark on our Lenten journey once again.


  3. We struggle with this sin in our home. I am currently cutting extra sugar/sweets/desserts out of my diet because they make me feel rather ill — early diabetes, the doctor says. To stop before one is full, is a good rule.
    GJ – I am still here! I know I haven’t been around blog world much lately — too busy, same old excuses. But I think of you often and long for the time, but moreso the mental peace, to come read blogs in a leisurely fashion. Much love sent your way.


  4. Definitely! I am weaker, as I age, not stronger as I thought. Last week, I got “The Aviator” which you reviewed a month or two ago. I am almost done with it and have found it so fascinating, thinking about what I would do in such a position, of life and death.


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