I read this in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers the other day:
"Abba Theodore of Scetis said, ‘A thought comes to me which troubles me and does not leave me free; but not being able to lead me to act, it simply stops me progressing in virtue; but a vigilant man would cut it off and get up to pray.’"
Uh…yeah. I think that happens to me more times per day than I would like to admit.
And before that saying was this one:
"Abba Theodore of Enaton said, ‘If God reproaches us for carelessness in our prayers and infidelities in our psalmody, we cannot be saved.’"
There’s a scary thought. I think I am too often careless in my prayers and distracted in my psalmody. May God forgive me instead of reproaching me!
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!