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Saint Gregory Palamas

“The mind which applies itself to apophatic theology thinks of what is different from God. Thus it proceeds by means of discursive reasoning. But in the other case, there is union. In the one case, the mind negates itself together with other beings, but in the other there is a union of the mind with God.
It is of this that the Fathers speak when they say,
‘The end of prayer is to be snatched away to God.’
This is why the great Denys says that through prayer,
we are united to God.”

– Saint Gregory Palamas
(Triads)

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Church History Saints Spirituality Theology

Saint Symeon the New Theologian

“We shall not be deprived THEN of knowing or seeing, but…according to the measure which each has of the radiance and vision of light, both the knowledge and vision of God, and the recognition and knowledge of one another shall grow ever greater and more clear in joy inexpressible and rejoicing forever and ever.”

– Saint Symeon the New Theologian
(First Ethical Discourse)

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Saint Maximus the Confessor

“The person who loves God cannot help loving every man as himself, even though he is grieved by the passions of those who are not yet purified. But when they amend their lives, his delight is indescribable and knows no bounds.”

– Saint Maximus the Confessor
(Four Hundred Texts on Love)

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Christian Living Elder Prayer Saints Spirituality

Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders

“Besides the written Lives, and the many letters of spiritual instruction, a beautiful and powerful prayer was left to us by the holy elders of Optina. This prayer has become so essential to many people’s everyday lives that they often paste it into their prayer books, to be read every day along with the other morning prayers.”

-orthochristian.com

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Saint Porphyrios

“Our religion is perfectly and profoundly conceived. What is simple is also what is most precious. Accordingly, in your spiritual life engage in your daily contest simply, easily, and without force. The soul is sanctified and purified through the study of the Fathers, through the memorization of the psalms and of portions of Scripture, through the singing of hymns and through the repetition of the Jesus Prayer.
Devote your efforts, therefore, to these spiritual things and ignore all the other things.”

– Saint Porphyrios (Wounded by Love)

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Church History Elder Saints Spirituality

Elder Proclu of Romania

“Do not fight against a person; we have to fight against the spirit of evil. Our fight is like this: We cannot do anything of our own strength, but the Holy Spirit helps us to the measure of our prayer with humility.”

– Monk Proclu

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Elder Cleopa of Romania

“One of the foremost spiritual obligations that we have, both as monastics and as lay people, is to confess our sins. We must first recognize that we all sin against God, some more than others, but no one is without sins.”

– Elder Cleopa

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Prayer Spirituality

Praying for Others and Intercessory Prayer

“I will not pray for you unless you pray yourself.

– St Anthony “Sayings from the Desert Fathers”

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Prayer Spirituality

The Jesus Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”

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Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

“St. Isaac the Syrian says, ‘Preserve your inner peace at all costs and do not trade it for anything in this world.'”

– Elder Thaddeus

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Prayer Spirituality

Unceasing Prayer

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Prayer Spirituality

Setting a Rule of Prayer

“…we have to wash dishes, work, parent, do chores – we need to consecrate all of these to the glory of God, including our rule of prayer.”