about caryana.org

Commentaries on the News

A Program of Spiritual Formation for Candidates to the Priesthood

The Lay Monastic Community of Caryana


 
 
 

 

 


THOUGHTS ON PRAYER




PURPOSE OF ASCETICAL PRACTICES

The purpose of all monastic ascetical practices is the attainment of virtues, the first of which is humility.  And the purpose of virtues is to enable the Christian soul to attain total and uninterrupted dedication to prayer, "Pray without ceasing."

The virtues enable the soul to attain calmness of mind and a never-ending purity of soul. 

This is the reason for tireless and unshaking practice of both physical work and contrition of heart essential in monastic asceticism.  The ascetical practices and the virtues make sense only if directed towards the attainment of the crown of prayer.  

This endless, unstirring calm of prayer can neither be achieved nor consummated without these virtues.  And these virtues are the prerequisite foundation of prayer and cannot be effected without it.  On the other hand, these virtues can only be attained by a life of repentance...which is the monastic life.

St. John Cassian

 

 

 

 

(09-01-02) 

 

[ Home ]  [ Thoughts on Prayer-Main ]  [ Return to Top ]  [ Continue ] 



 


The Winnowing Fan hopes ..." to do what little it could to solve the evils that beset the church."

                                                                                        - Teresa of Avila

 


Winnowing Fan and Guadalupe Series are owned and Copyrighted by S. of G. Foundation.
Articles therein maybe freely copied, distributed and re-published in full or in part without written authorization provided appropriate acknowledgement is made.  

  2001, caryana.org All rights reserved