Saturday, June 18, 2011

Prayer - Soiled, Lost, Stolen and Blemished

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 28 ~ On Prayer

¶22. Soiled prayer is one thing, its disappearance is another, robbery another, and blemish another. Prayer is soiled when we stand before God and picture to ourselves irrelevant and inopportune thoughts. Prayer is lost when we are captured by useless cares. Prayer is stolen from us when our thoughts wander before we realize it. Prayer is blemished by any kind of attack or interruption that comes to us at the time of prayer.

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