St. John Chrysostom (347-407) ON PRAYER, I

http://orthodoxmeditations.blogspot.com/2010/10/lessons-from-lazarus.html

There is nothing more worthwhile than to pray to God and to converse with him,
for prayer unites us with God as his companions.
As our bodily eyes are illuminated by seeing the light,
so in contemplating God our soul is illuminated by him.
Of course the prayer I have in mind is no matter of routine,
it is deliberate and earnest.
It is not tied down to a fixed timetable;
rather it is a state which endures by night and day.

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.

Prayer should be the means
by which I, at all times,
receive all that I need,
and, for this reason,
be my daily refuge,
my daily consolation,
my daily joy,
my source of rich
and inexhaustible joy in life.

Prayer is
an all-efficient panoply,
a treasure undiminished,
a mine which is never exhausted,
a sky unobscured by clouds,
a heaven unruffled by the storm.
It is the root, the fountain,
the mother of a thousand blessings.

A Prayer by St. John Chrysostom

O Lord, my God,
I am not worthy that You should come into my soul,
but I am glad that You have come to me
because in Your loving kindness
You desire to dwell in me.
You ask me to open the door of my soul,
which You alone have created,
so that You may enter into it
with Your loving kindness
and dispel the darkness of my mind.
I believe that You will do this
for You did not turn away Mary Magdalene
when she approached You in tears.
Neither did you withhold forgiveness from the tax collector
who repented of his sins
or from the good thief
who asked to be received into Your kingdom.
Indeed, You numbered as Your friends
all who came to You with repentant hearts.
O God, You alone are blessed always,
now, and forever.

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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