Humble Mindedness

A few days ago I talked about The Jesus Prayer and how important it was for us Orthodox Christians to pray unceasingly.  As I said before, though in different words, “The Holy Apostle Paul teaches us: Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks (I Thess. 5:17–18). We should pray with repentance and with humble-mindedness and have hope in the goodness of God, Who has helped us so many times in our prayers.”

Here is an excellent blog from “Lessons from a Monastery.

Humble-Mindedness: The Doorway to Pure Prayer, November 4, 2013 by matushka constantina

http://lessonsfromamonastery.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/humble-mindedness-the-doorway-to-pure-prayer/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog

These are Excerpts from Humble-Mindedness: The Doorway to Pure Prayer, An interview with Elder Dionysius (Ignat) of the St. George Kellion, Kolitsou Skete, Mt. Athos, Greece, in this it is stated, Until the Jesus Prayer is established perfectly within us, we will not be able to say it ceaselessly. It is good to alternate and say other prayers too, or to read or sing religious songs. However, blessed physical labor will also help us very much. Even if we have the Jesus Prayer, we should not give up the rule of prayers and prostrations which we have received from our father confessor.”

This is where your relationship with your Spiritual Father/Confessor is so very important as he will guide you in your spiritual life as well as in you life in general as we all strive toward becoming a better Orthodox Christian, thus closer to our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The post is concluded with these words, If you humble yourself, the Grace of the Holy Spirit will keep your mind pure. But if you do not obey, if you do not cut off your will, if you do not humble yourself, you distance yourself from God’s Grace and cannot resist unclean, demonic thoughts.”

Your choice, which way to you chose? Whom do you obey?

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About padrerichard

I am a Priest with ROCOR and serve as Rector at St. Joseph of Optina Parish in Virginia Beach, VA
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