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Ignatius Brianchaninov: “crucify yourself on the cross of prayer”

8 April 2017

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“When you pray, […] crucify yourself on the cross of prayer. Push aside all the memories, however important they may be, which come to you during prayer; ignore ever one of them. Do no theologize, do not be carried away by following up brilliant, original, and powerful ideas which suddenly occur to you. Sacred silence, which is induced in the mind at the time of prayer by a sense of God’s greatness, speaks of God more profoundly and more eloquently than any human words. ‘If you pray truly,’ sad the Fathers, ‘you ARE a theologian.'”

St Ignatius Brianchaninov

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