To Understand the Cure We Must also Understand the Illness

An unfortunate consequence of our fallen state is characterized by our desire to be healed without an awareness or appreciation of the severity of our illness.  We view distractions during prayer as ordinary obstacles to be overcome rather than as symptoms of our spiritual illness and alienation from God, which call for more zealous and wholehearted repentance.  We seek easy and even painless solutions to problems that vex us, rather than cultivating stillness and asking God for mercy with a readiness for self-sacrifice out of love for Him Who sacrificed all for us.  We desire rational, … [Read more...]