Saturday, July 20

How to Pray When You're Not in a Good Mood...

"When our soul’s not in a good mood and we can’t make prostrations, we should just say the Jesus prayer standing, or read or pray or do whatever we find appealing. When a child’s got no appetite, you can’t force him to eat. You give him whatever he wants. But afterwards, when he’s feeling better, you can feed him broccoli. That’s how it is with the soul. The whole heart has to participate in prayer. Spiritual labors need to come from the heart."
- Elder Paisios the Athonite

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