Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
The Principal Vices That Influence All Our Thoughts
1st Vice: Gluttony
Disciple: What is the first and most fundamental
Disciple: Is the desire to eat and drink
Master: Of course not. This is a God-given
tendency. The abuse of this tendency is what is bad.
Disciple: And the abuse is gluttony?
Disciple: Do we have a say on whether this vice
will disturb us or not?
Master: Whether this vice disturbs us or not does not depend
When do we have a say?
Whether this vice lingers in us or not; whether this vice sets our
passions in motion or not. . .this depends on us.
What does the vice of gluttony suggest to those seeking holiness?
To abandon the quest for God for fear of illnesses or diseases of
the stomach, liver or bile; the fear of lack of medical remedies and
the fear of the absence of a physician.
Gluttony recalls the memory of people who got very sick seeking God.
So he worries.
What is the role of the devil here?
The devil sends gluttonous brethren to discourage you from fasting
and attributing your illnesses to too strict an observance.