Monday, July 22, 2013

Wisdom from the Fathers - St. Isaac the Syrian

In our church bulletin this past Sunday.

Answers to Prayer

"If God is slow to grant your request and you do not receive what you ask for promptly, do not be grieved, for you are not wiser than God. 
When this happens to you, it is either because your way of life does not accord with your request, or because the pathways of your heart are at odds with the intention of your prayer. 
Or it may be because your inner state is too childish by comparison with the magnitude of the thing you have asked for. 
It is not appropriate that great things should fall easily into our hands, otherwise God's gift will be held in dishonor, because of the ease with which we obtain it. 
For anything that is readily obtained is also easily lost, whereas everything which is found with toil is preserved with care."

from The Ascetical Homilies of St. Isaac the Syrian

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