St. John of Kronstadt: People say that if you feel no inclination to pray . . .

Icon of St. John of Kronstadt“People say that if you feel no inclination to pray, it is better not to pray; but this is crafty, carnal sophistry. If you only pray when you are inclined to, you will completely cease praying; this is what the flesh desires. ‘The Kingdom of Heaven Suffereth violence.’ You will not be able to work out your salvation without forcing yourself.”

— St. John of Kronstadt

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