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Booklet 8 of 12 from a series of talks given by Priest Daniel Sysoev entitled “How to Inherit Eternal Life.”
Curbing gluttony and avarice is a means of curbing self-love, and not an end in itself. Some passions run deeper, while others are more superficial. The latter emerge from the former, like a stalk from the root. The very first passion was the passion of egoism, in which a person considers himself the most important thing in the world. Without curbing the superficial passions, however, we cannot contend with those that run deeper. In this small book, based on The Ladder by Saint John Climacus, you will learn how to fight the passions of gluttony and avarice and to acquire their opposite virtues.
God’s Love and God’s Will
The Divine Names
How Does God Rule the World?
On Fear of God and Good Works
On Meekness and Freedom from Anger
On Internal and External Prayer
Spirit, Soul, and Body
On Gluttony and Avarice
On Envy and Despondency
How We Should View the Government
Orthodox Upbringing of Children
The Resurrection of the Dead