Saturday, April 5, 2008

An Anchor, a Treasure, a Destroyer...


If you believed every pop-up ad and TV commercial, you'd think you need 400 tools, methods, tricks and gadgets to get through a single day. Life, to be sure, is not always a dance through the lilies.

In his own inimitable way, St. John Chrysostom urges us to a better way:

Prayer is a refuge for those who are shaken, an anchor for those tossed by waves, a walking stick for the infirm, a treasure house for the poor, a stronghold for the rich, a destroyer of sicknesses, a preserver of health. Prayer keeps our virtues intact and quickly removes all evil. If temptation overtakes us, it easily drives it away; if we lose some property or something else, which causes our soul grief, it removes it. Prayer banishes every sorrow, causes good humor, facilitates constant well-being. It is the mother of the love of wisdom. He who can sincerely pray is richer than everyone else, even though he is the poorest of all. On the contrary, he who does not have recourse to prayer, even though he sit on a king's throne, is the poorest of all....

1 comment:

drew said...

Enlightening words, but i couldn't help see the irony in an IP attorney denouncing gadgets and gizzmos...if anything we should encourage such dependence and keep prayer our own little secret, lol, just kidding, keep up the great work bro.