OF CARNAL MOVEMENT
The body has three kinds of carnal
movements. The first is a natural movement, inherent in it, which
does not produce anything sinful without the consent of the soul and
merely lets it be known that it exists in the body.
The second kind of movement in the
body is produced by too much food and drink, when the resulting
movement in the body is an act of rebellion against the soul and
urges it towards all kinds of vices.
The third movement comes from the
evil spirits, who thus tempt us out of envy and tries to weaken
those who have found the way, or to lead astray the path of those
who wish to enter into the narrow door.
However, if a man, with patient
endurance, observes the commands of Christ, the Holy Spirit will
teach him how to purify his body and soul from such movements. But
if he neglects the commands of Christ, then the evil one will
overpower him, and befoul his soul with these three movements.
St. Anthony the Hermit