St. Maximus the Confessor, Centuries on Love, 1.79
This seems to be more or less the monastic thought on the matter: If we struggle with anger, fear, envy, and similar passions or sins, we ought to give alms. If we struggle with intemperance, gluttony, lust, drunkenness, and similar passions or sins, we ought to fast. If we struggle with pride, vainglory, distraction, error, curiosity, and similar passions or sins of the mind, we ought to pray.
|An image depicting the passions, like an unbridled horse. |
It says, "And so, desire carries me along."
This has long been an image of the one ruled by the passions.