St. Symeon the New Theologian: It is the war of attention and prayer on which both life and death . . .

Picture of St. Symeon the New Theologian“It is this war of attention and prayer on which both life and death of the soul depend. By attention that we keep our prayer safe and therefore we progress: if we do not have attention to keep it clear and we leave it unguarded, then it is inflected by evil thoughts and we become wicked and hopeless.”

— St. Symeon the New Theologian