Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pseudo-Chrysostom on constant prayer

"I implore you, brethren, never to abandon the rule of prayer or neglect it…Eating and drinking, at home or on a journey, or whatever else he does, a monk should constantly call: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.’ This remembering of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ should incite him to do battle with the enemy. By this remembrance a soul, forcing itself to this practice, can discover everything which is within, both good and bad…The name of our Lord Jesus Christ, descending into the depths of the heart, will subdue the serpent holding sway over the pastures of the heart and will bring the soul to life. Thus abide constantly with the name of our Lord so that the heart ‘swallows’ the Lord and the Lord the heart and the two become one. But this work is not done in one or two days; it needs many years and a long time. For great and prolonged labour is needed to cast out the foe so that Christ dwells in us.”
Pseudo-Chrysostom quoted in "Prayer of the heart": George Maloney

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