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The Pilgrim on Prayer of the Heart

January 10, 2010

“Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions. What St. Paul said then is that prayer comes before everything else. Without prayer a Christian cannot find the truth…His heart can not be illumined with the light of Christ and he himself cannot unite in a saving manner with Christ.”

“It is right to pray frequently, to pray always, activities that we are able to do and which will help us gradually reach the heights of purity of prayer, which is the nother of every spiritual blessing.”

Sit down alone, and in silence. Lower your head, shut your eyes, breathe out gently and imagine yourself looking into your own heart. Carry your thoughts from there into your heart and with the rhythm of your breathe say, “LORD JESUS CHRIST, HAVE MERCY UPON ME.” Force yourseld to do the same thing continually. If you manage this for some time, then without doubt, your heart will open completely to prayer. We know this from experience.

Whether you are standing, or sitting, walking or lying down, continually repeat “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me” Say it quietly, without hurry …”

Excerpts from the “Way of a Pilgrim” see also PDF leaflet

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