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When the desire for Christ is dominant within you, you remain calm in every sorrow and you know that Christ lives within you more than the world does.
And again, when sickness and the various misfortunes of life throw your mind into turmoil, you should know that your body is living within you, not Christ.
In general, whatever thing is overriding and dominant, that’s what’s living within you. God and His angels rejoice in times of need; the devil and his minions in times of leisure.
You should know that, without temptations, you’re a long way from the path of God and you aren’t treading in the footsteps of the saints.
» Saint Isaac the Syrian