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Monday, August 15, 2005

Sayings of The Holy Fathers:

"Pray simply. Do not expect to find in your heart any remarkable gift of prayer. Consider yourself unworthy of it. Then you will find peace. Use the empty cold dryness of your prayer as food for your humility. Repeat constantly: I am not worthy; Lord, I am not worthy! But say it calmly, without agitation."

St. Macarius of Optina


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"He who keeps his flesh in strict subjection will reach passionlessness. He who feeds it will suffer from it." He who keeps his flesh in strict subjection will reach passionlessness. He who feeds it will suffer from it. "Instructions to Cenobites and Others"


Abba Evagrius

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"...unless questioned by the brethren the fathers said nothing that might contribute to the soul's salvation; they regarded unsolicited advice as vain chatter. This is quite right; for it is because we think that we know more than others that we speak unbidden."


St. Peter of Damaskos
(Book 1: A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, The Philokalia Vol. 3 pg. 186)