Elder Joseph on continuous prayer

“Just as a man dies when he stops breathing, so, too, does the soul die without continuous and endless prayer. It dies because that living flesh which is beginning to be conceived by the perpetuity of the prayer falls asleep, and the passions are rejuvenated. For the enemy does not sleep, but fights continuously. And just as an infant which is conceived in its mother’s womb suffocates and dies if it ceases to breathe, the same thing happens with spiritual conception if the noetic work ceases.” – Elder Joseph the Hesychast

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