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When in fear, trembling and unworthiness we are yet permited to receive the divine, undefiled Mysteries of Christ, our King and Lord, we should then display even greater watchfulness, strictness and guard over our hearts, so that the divine fire, the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, may consume our sins and stains, great and small. For when that fire enters into us, it at once drives the evil spirits from our heart and remits the sins we have previously committed, leaving the intellect free from the turbulence of wicked thoughts. And if after this, standing at the entrance to our heart, we keep strict watch over the intellect, when we are again permitted to receive those Mysteries the divine body will illumine our intellect still more and make it shine like a star.



Quote n° 3406 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 179, text 101) 

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The sun rising over the earth creates the daylight; and the venerable and holy name of the Lord Jesus, shining continually in the mind, gives birth to countless intellections radiant as the sun.



Quote n° 3405 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 197, text 196) 

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The guarding of the intellect may appropriately be called light-producing, lightning-producing, light-giving and fire-bearing, for truly it surpasses endless virtues, bodily and other. Because of this, and because of the glorious light to which it gives birth, one must honour this virtue with worthy epithets… {Those who have become contemplatives} bathe in a sea of pure and infinite light, touching it ineffably and living and dwelling in it. They have tasted that the Lord is good (cf. Ps. 34:8)…



Quote n° 3404 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p 192, text 171) 

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While we are being strengthened in Christ Jesus and beginning to move forward in steadfast watchfulness, He at first appears in our intellect like a torch which, carried in the hand of the intellect, guides us along the tracks of the mind; then He appears like a full moon, circling the heart's firmament; then He appears to us like the sun, radiating justice, clearly revealing Himself in the full light of spiritual vision.



Quote n° 3403 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 191, text 166) 

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If you really wish to cover your evil thoughts with shame, to be still and calm, and to watch over your heart without hindrance, let the Jesus Prayer cleave to your breath, and in a few days you will find that this is possible.



Quote n° 3398 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", pp. 194-195, text 182) 

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Attentiveness is the heart's stillness, unbroken by any thought. In this stillness the heart breathes and invokes, endlessly and without ceasing, only Jesus Christ who is the Son of God and Himself God. It confesses Him who alone has power to forgive our sins, and with His aid it courageously faces its enemies…



Quote n° 3397 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 163, text 5) 

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The soul's true peace lies in the gentle name of Jesus and in its emptying itself of impassioned thoughts.



Quote n° 3396 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 183, text 122) 

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The name of Jesus should be repeated over and over in the heart as flashes of lightning are repeated over and over in the sky before rain…



Quote n° 3395 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 180, text 105) 

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the delighted intellect delights in the light of the Lord when, free from concepts, it enters into the dawn of spiritual knowledge. By continually denying itself, it advances from the wisdom necessary for the practice of the virtues to an ineffable vision in which it contemplates holy and ineffable things. Then the heart is filled with perceptions of infinite and divine realities and sees the God of gods in its own depths, so far as this is possible. Astounded, the intellect lovingly glorifies God, the Seer and the Seen, and the Saviour of those who contemplate Him in this way.



Quote n° 3381 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 185, text 131) 

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To human beings it seems hard and difficult to still the mind so that it rests from all thoughts. Indeed, to enclose what is bodiless within the limits of the body does demand toil and struggle, not only from the uninitiated but also from those experienced in inner immaterial warfare. But he who through unceasing prayer holds the Lord Jesus within his breast will not tire in following Him, as the Prophet says (cf. Jer. 17:16.LXX). Because of Jesus' beauty and sweetness he will not desire what is merely mortal…



Quote n° 3380 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 188, text 148) 

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Because every thought enters the heart in the form of a mental image of some sensible object, the blessed light of the Divinity will illumine the heart only when the heart is completely empty of everything and so free from all form. Indeed, this light reveals itself to the pure intellect in the measure to which the intellect is purged of all concepts.



Quote n° 3379 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 177, text 89) 

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We should strive to preserve the precious gifts which preserve us from all evil… These gifts are the guarding of the intellect with the invocation of Jesus Christ, continuous insight into the heart's depths, stillness of mind unbroken even by thoughts which appear to be good, and the capacity to be empty of all thought.



Quote n° 3378 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 180, text 103) 

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When there are no fantasies or mental images in the heart, the intellect is established in its true nature, ready to contemplate whatever is full of delight, spiritual and close to God.



Quote n° 3377 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 178, text 93) 

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As Antony, the great servant of God, said, "Holiness is achieved when the intellect is in its natural state." And again he said: "The soul realizes its integrity when its intellect is in that state in which it was created." And shortly after this he adds: "Let us purify our mind, for I believe that when the mind is completely pure and is in its natural state, it gains penetrating insight…" So spoke the renowned Antony, according to the Life of Antony by Athanasios the Great.



Quote n° 3373 : , (Died 434. ), Christianity, Orthodoxy
Source : On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 194, text 179) 

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