Words of St John of the Ladder (Climacus)

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∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

“You cannot learn to see just because someone tells you to do so. For that, you require your own natural power of sight. In the same way, you cannot discover from the teaching of others the beauty of prayer. Prayer has its own special teacher in God, who ‘teaches man knowledge’ (Ps. 93:10).  He grants the prayer of him who prays. And He blesses the years of the just.”

“In all your undertakings and in every way of life, whether you are living in obedience, or are not submitting your work to anyone, whether in outward or in spiritual matters, let it be your rule and practice to ask yourself: Am I really doing this in accordance with God’s will?”

Saint John Of The Ladder (Cilmacus)

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