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ENVY


Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s”. It is not possible for one to feel envy and love at the same time. One cannot feel fulfilled when you want everything for yourself. Envy contaminates love and goodness just like a dead mouse contaminates all the oil in the container. Envy consists of pride, egoism, self-love…

I contains neither a shred of love nor of humility. Envy poisons the abundant love of a woman. Since a woman, by nature, has an abundance of goodness and love, the devil attacks her more; he tosses venomous jealousy at her and poisons her love. Malevolence (wishing harm to others) coupled with jealousy and stubbornness, can read demonic levels.

A woman ought to be especially careful about envy. She must remove her own self from her love in order to keep her abundant love pure. This can be done by cultivating ‘leventia’ and spiritual nobility, a sense of sacrifice. The antidote for envy is spiritual nobility.
Envy weakens us spiritually. Why do you think the Apostles, having received such authority from Christ and having expelled other demons, were not able to expel the demon from the possessed child. It was because they were envious of the three disciples – Peter, James and John – whom Jesus had taken to Mount Tabor for His Transfiguration.

The other disciples did not have the capacity yet to receive the mystery. Did Jesus love Peter, James and John more than the others? No, but John loved Christ more than the other disciples loved Him, which is why he was better able to understand the love of Christ. Do you see how envy distanced the Grace of God from the other disciples, rendering them incapable of healing the possessed child? This is why Christ said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?

Each person should look to see if they actually have within themselves the very same blessing they envy in someone else, or that perhaps God has given them a different one. God is not unjust to anyone. Just as no two people are exactly alike, one person’s gift is not the same as another’s.

SAINT PAISIOS

INTRODUCTION

VIRTUES

NOBILITY
HUMILITY
SIMPLICITY
DISCERNMENT
JOY
LOVE/TRUE LOVE
PHILOTIMO  (Greek word: φιλοτιμο)
LEVEDIA (Greek word: λεβεντια

PASSIONS (in progress)

INTRODUCTION

SELF-LOVE
EGOISM
CONDEMNATION
SORROW
ENVY
ANGER
DESPAIR
RESENTMENT


CONCLUSION