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THOUGHTS ON PRAYER




FERVENT AND PURE PRAYER DEMANDS THE REMOVAL OF BODILY CONCERNS.

To attain the heights of prayer, firstly, there must be a complete removal of all concern for bodily things. This includes not only the worry but even the memory of any business or worldly affair.

Calumny, empty talk, low-grade clowning, anger, gloominess must be eradicated. Specially, carnal desires and avarice must be pulled out.

Secondly, we must lay the indestructible foundations of deep humility and, above humility, the other virtues.

Only then can we pray ceaselessly, lifting up our pure hands with no anger and no rivalry.

St. John Cassian

 

 

 

 

(09-01-02) 

 

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