Theophan the Recluse

Images, however sacred

Images, however sacred

Images, however sacred Images, however sacred they may be, retain the attention outside, whereas at the time of prayer the attention must be within — in the heart. The concentration of attention in the heart — this is the starting point of prayer. by Theophan the Recluse Original Languag... »

Descend from your head into your heart

Descend from your head into your heart

Descend from your head into your heart You must descend from your head into your heart. At present your thoughts of God are in your head. And God Himself is, as it were, outside you, and so your prayer and other spiritual exercises remain exterior. Whilst you are still in your head, thoughts will no... »