Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Divine Training

"When we pray and God delays in hearing [our prayer], He does this for our benefit, so as to teach us longsuffering (patience); wherefore we need not be downcast, saying "We prayed, and were not heard." God knows what is profitable for a person. Rejoice in the Lord, leave off all your cares, and pray for me, O my beloved brother, one in spirit with me."
from Guidance Toward Spiritual Life: Answers to the Questions of the Disciples, by Saints Barsanuphius and John, p. 47

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