Quote for the Week
The body is a slave, the soul a sovereign, and therefore it is due to Divine mercy when the body is worn out by illness: for thereby the passions are weakened, and a man comes to himself: indeed, bodily illness itself is sometimes caused by the passions.
St. Seraphim of Sarov, quoted in Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. I
Somewhat consoling for those of us with chronic health problems.