Spiritual Counsels V: Passions and Virtues
This volume in the collected teaching of Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos deals with passions (self-love, pride, judging, envy, anger, etc.) and virtues (exalted [humility], shared with God and our fellow man, philotimo, simplicity, etc.). Written in the 'question/answer' format of previous volumes. These pages make the wisdom of this Orthodox Elder come alive to readers who can practically apply them to day to day life.
"Spiritual nobility is spiritual superiority; it is sacrifice. A noble soul only makes demands of itself, never from others. Such a soul sacrifices itself for others without expecting anything in return. A noble soul forgets all that it gives, but remembers even the slightest thing given to it. Such a noble soul has philotimo, humility and simplicity, selflessness, honesty; it has it all. It also has the greatest joy and spiritual exaltation." ---Saint Paisios of Mount Athos