“We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us”. —St. Bernard of Clairvaux

-from Love Never Fails

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Gospel Jn 16:23b-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

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“The principal thing is to stand with the mind in the heart before God, and to go on standing before [God] unceasingly day and night, until the end of life.”

–Igumen Chariton of Valamo, comp., Bishop Kallistos Ware, ed., The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology (Faber: 1997), 63.

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