I ask for prayers for my friend Maria. She was shoveling snow after the big storm on the east coast, which caused heart failure and one of her lungs to collapse. Thank you.
O Lord Jesus Christ, through the prayers of Your Most Pure Theotokos and of all Your Saints, have mercy upon your handmaiden, Maria, and grant her health and salvation.
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.