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St. Maximos the Confessor: Almost every sin is committed for the sake of sensual pleasure . . . - Orthodox Church Quotes
“Almost every sin is committed for the sake of sensual pleasure; and sensual pleasure is overcome by hardship and distress arising either voluntarily from repentance, or else involuntarily as a result of some salutary and providential reversal. ‘For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged; but when we are judged, we are …