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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
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