We have weaknesses, passions and faults deeply rooted within us, many of which are also inherited. These can’t be cut off by any spasmodic effort, nor by worrying or stressing about them, but only by patience and persistence, by endurance, by care and attention. Excessive sorrow conceals pride. This is why it’s harmful and dangerous. It’s often exacerbated by the devil to throw us off course.
Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis
Ο Θεός, ιλάσθητί μοι τώ αμαρτωλώ και ελέησόν με.