Uprooting the passions

“Let each one find out about his own condition, the state of his soul. A man is in one of three conditions: That of giving free rein to his passions or that of checking them or that of uprooting them. In the first he indulges his passions and gives in to vice; in the second he neither indulges his passions nor cuts them off completely but disputes with them and turns them back but allows them to remain inside him; in the third he is working to root them out and he struggles with them and acts contrary to them.” St. Dorotheos of Gaza.