Can you imagine any greater thing

than to have communion with God himself,

and to be wholly absorbed by him ?

— Evagrios of Pontus. Chapters on Prayer. 34b. Philokalia. 1. p. 179.

from my Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer colleague, V.Rev. Dr. john McGuckin’s book, The Book of Mystical Chapters, click here.


With prayer, we do have the opportunity for grace to enter us.  In prayer, we are reminded that a likeness of God may be found deeply inside us, and that we are always with the Divine and Holy Spirit.  There is no separation between us and God; only in our own sin and error, and forgetfullness.  Prayer restores this inseparable connection.

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