I am reading “Saint John Cassian on Prayer," translated by A.M. Casiday as my Lent reading. I have read this small booklet before, but this Lent reading is going much slower. Lent is a time of purification and I have tried to focus on the the parts illustrated by the following quote:
Abbot Isaac “I take it that all types of prayers cannot be grasped without tremendous purity of heart and soul and the illumination of the Holy Spirit.”
As a result when I read a passage from the book I often see some relationship I had not seen before. That causes me to stop reading and start thinking.
Recently, I have emphasized silence and now the Cassian book has placed my silence in a context of working on purity of heart and soul.
I am not sure if these relationships — silence before God matched with work on purification of heart and soul — will become illuminated more clearly to me, but that’s what has been on my mind tonight.
Picture is Monastery of St. Simeon in Egypt by upyernoz.
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