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THOUGHTS ON PRAYER
THE FIRST TASK
BEFORE ATTAINING PURITY OF PRAYER
First, let us
look at the obstacle we have to overcome and then examine the preliminaries
to success in prayer. And let us use Scriptures as our guide.
Similar to a construction, before we can begin with the preliminaries of
construction we must remove the obstacle from the construction site. And
this consists in removing our vices, wreck and rubble of passion from the
Then we must build the preliminary foundations of humility.
The monastic ascetical practices are meant to control the passions, the
fruits of the fallen nature of man. This is the life of repentance
mentioned in Scriptures which contains the elements of prayer, fasting and
good works. If done according to the norms Christ laid down, this way of
life leads to humility.
With this, the tower of prayer built on this foundation will never crumble,
will feel no shock even when the mighty torrents of passion come pouring
against it, even when persecution hits it like a battering ram, even when
the cruel hurricane of the devil thunders against it.
St. John Cassian
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