“The adversary held my will, and made it a chain to bind me. For when our will is perverted, lust is created; and when we become slaves to our lust, habit is born; and when we don’t resist habit, com-pulsion arises. Thus, as if by interconnected links–which is why I have called it a chain—harsh servitude held my will in bonds.
But my new will, by which I had begun to wish to worship and enjoy you freely, O God, who are our only certain pleasure, was not yet capa-ble of overcoming my old will, grown strong through many years. Thus, within me two wills—one old and one new, one carnal and one spiritual—battled each other, and their discord weakened my soul.”~ Petrarch
The war begins the moment we give way to ‘consideration’ and ‘thought’ of doing what we should not.