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When Prayer is to be preferred to service?

We should without fail accept the necessary duties that are imposed by the Providence of God; but we should lay aside needless tasks, preferring prayer, and especially when these tasks entice us into extravagance and lust for money. For the … Continue reading

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Writings of the Fathers

To facilitate the training in preparation, the Fathers gave guiding instructions and helpful advice. The two principal Commandments include the absolute necessity, the duty, of Love, which for those practising the Prayer is more than essential. Continue reading

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Prayerful Surrender

and instead we begin to thirst and to search only for what is spiritual, pure, and divine….the heart comes to be filled with a sense of being but a pilgrim on earth, whose whole longing is for his heavenly home. Continue reading

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The Hermitage of the Heart

The habit of walking before God and keeping Him in remembrance—such is the air we breathe in the spiritual life. Continue reading

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Hidden Treasure

Every effort that you make in prayer must be directed towards this… Continue reading

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The Burning of the Spirit

What you need most in your present position is solitude, prayer, and meditation. Continue reading

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Prayer of Repentance

Shall I be allowed to live for a short time longer, so as to weep bitter tears and cleanse my defiled body and soul? Or, after sorrowing for a while, shall I then stop once more, obdurate as always?  What … Continue reading

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Prayer is a vow

PRAYERS are those by which we offer or vow something to God, what the Greeks call evki, i.e., a vow…… We pray, when we renounce this world and promise that being dead to all worldly actions and the life of … Continue reading

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The Three Virtues

17. The three most comprehensive virtues of the soul are prayer, silence and fasting. Thus you should refresh yourself with the contemplation of created realities when you relax from prayer; with conversation about the life of virtue when you relax … Continue reading

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Practice

4. Practice where the body is concerned consists of fasting and vigil; where the mouth is concerned it consists of psalmody. But prayer is better than psalmody, and silence is more valuable than speech. In the case of the hands, … Continue reading

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