Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
The Principal Vices That Influence All Our Thoughts
2nd Vice: Fornication
3rd Vice: Love of Money
Disciple: What is the second vice that affects
Is it bad to desire marriage?
No, this is good because it is God-given. Fornication is when
you go over and above what is proper.
The vice of fornication leads to what then?
To adultery which makes married people desire what is
forbidden but this attacks more insidiously those who abstain even
from what is proper, like monks.
How does this vice attack the religious?
By making them think that abstention is of no profit to their souls.
And this thought pollutes the soul?
Yes. It urges the soul towards actions, words and images as though
the act is before their eyes.
Why do people love money?
The thought of growing old, the inability to work, illnesses, the
hardships of want and the humiliation of depending on others. .
.these make us desire to have money.