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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

"Those who have truly decided to serve the Lord God should practice the remembrance of God and uninterrupted prayer to Jesus Christ, mentally saying: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."

St. Seraphim of Sarov


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"Thoughts are directed to things. Now, of things some are sense-perceptible, some mental. The mind, then, tarrying with these things, carries about with itself thoughts of them; but the grace of prayer joins the mind to God, and joining to God withdraws it from every thought. Then the mind, associating only with Him, becomes God-like. And being such, it asks of Him what is proper and at no time fails of its petition. Therefore the Apostle commands to 'pray without ceasing.' that,unremittingly joining our mind to God, we may little by little break off our passionate clinging to material things."

St. Maximus the Confessor


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"To bear a grudge and pray, means to sow seed on the sea and expect a harvest."


St. Isaac of Syria