Treating Spiritual Illness…

“The way I understand it there are four kinds of people. There are the healthy and the frail as well as people with benign tumors and people with malignant tumors. The last kind are incurable. With the second and third kinds you’ve got to use discernment to treat them which also has to do with how much they want to be treated…We can’t deal with everyone the same way, we can’t put everyone on the same diet. We need to decide what to give to each person according to his disposition, his struggle, his thirst. That way we won’t hurt anyone”
Elder Paisios
~Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos