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St. Macarius of Optina: The thoughts that vex and annoy us . . . - Orthodox Church Quotes
“The thoughts that vex and annoy us have many distinctions: a provocation, or an attack of a thought, is not a sin but is a test of our free will, to what it is inclined—to the thought or to opposition of it. However, when there is agreement and communion with these passions it is considered …