“Without the light of God, man alone does not know what is good for him. He believes in his pride, and all that he wants – subject to this temptation – is good.”

“Man alone cannot make sense of his human needs, because without the help of the Lord, he cannot be freed from the power of the enemy. Without the light of God, he does not know what is needed for him. The human will in itself does not know what to do for his profit. Therefore man needs to pray that the Lord may reveal His will so he may know what to do for his interest. Man alone cannot know what’s bad and that malice comes from the devil. He believes in his pride, and all that he wants, subject to this temptation – is good. “

(Father Dumitri Stăniloae, note 282, to Isaiah the Hermit , Twenty-nine words , Philokalia XII)