The Saints on Prayer

Some words on prayer:

​”​It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.”

–Saint John Chrysostom
“How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer.”

–St. Teresa of Avila 

“Don’t imagine that, if you had a great deal of time, you would spend more of it in prayer. Get rid of that idea; it is no hindrance to prayer to spend your time well.”

–St. Teresa of Avila 

“Jacob did not cease to be a Saint because he had to attend to his flocks.”

–St.  Teresa of Avila 

“Prayer ought to be humble, fervent, resigned, persevering, and accompanied with great reverence. One should consider that he stands in the presence of a God, and speaks with a Lord before whom the angels tremble from awe and fear.”

–Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi

“In order to succeed in [prayer], it should be done when we first awaken, when our whole being is calm and recollected. We need to make our meditation before anything else.

–Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Grotto of Saint Benedict – Subiaco, Italy



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