Thursday, November 10, 2016

Two Spiritual Thoughts, from: My Life in Christ

Two Spiritual Thoughts, from: My Life in Christ, St. John of Kronstadt

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Dan Everiss

Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 11:56 AM
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"Someone, who when, during prayer, became languid and feeble in mind and body, and he longed to sleep, roused himself by the following inward question: With Whom art thou conversing, my soul? And after this, by vividly representing the Lord before him, he began to pray with great feeling and tears; his blunted attention was sharpened, his mind and heart were enlightened, and he himself wholly revived. This shows what it is to represent the Lord God vividly to ourselves, and to walk in His presence! If - he went on to say - my soul, thou darest not converse languidly and carelessly with men above thyself in station, in order not to offend them, then how darest thou converse languidly and carelessly with the Lord?" 

(My Life in Christ, St. John of Kronstadt, page 150)

"You do not want to pray for the man whom you hate and despise; but you must do so against your wish, and have recourse to the great Physician, because you yourself are spiritually sick of the malady of malice and pride; your enemy or the one whom you despise is also sick; pray that the meek Lord may teach you meekness and patience, that He may teach and strengthen you to love your enemies, and not only your well-wishers; that He may teach you to pray sincerely for the evilly-disposed as well as for the well-disposed."

(My Life in Christ, St. John of Kronstadt)

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