Παρασκευή, 18 Μαρτίου 2011

St. Hesychios the Presbyter – On the Jesus Prayer

The devil, with all his powers, ‘walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour’ (1 Peter 5:8). So you must never relax your attentiveness of heart, your watchfulness, your power of rebuttal, or your prayer to Jesus Christ our God. You will not find a greater help than Jesus in all your life, for He alone, as God, knows the deceitful ways of the demons, their subtlety and their guile.

Let your soul, then, trust in Christ, let it call on Him and never fear; for it fights, not alone, but with the aid of a mighty King, Jesus Christ, Creator of all that is, both bodiless and embodied, visible and invisible.

The more the rain falls on the earth, the softer it makes it; similarly, Christ’s holy name gladdens the earth of our heart the more we call upon it.

Those who lack experience should know that it is only through the unceasing watchfulness of our intellect and the constant invocation of Jesus Christ, our Creator and God, that we, coarse and cloddish in mind and body as we are, can overcome our bodiless and invisible enemies; for not only are they subtle, swift, malevolent and skilled in malice, but they have an experience in warfare gained over all the years since Adam. The inexperienced have as weapons the Jesus Prayer and the impulse to test and discern what is from God. The experienced have the best method and teacher of all: the activity, discernment and peace of God Himself.

From The Philokalia, Vol. I, translated & edited by GEH Palmer, et al, p 169 (On Watchfulness and Holiness, sayings 39-42)
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