Bakersfield, California, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona are not cities in which you would want to live especially with the dry wind/dust storms carrying Valley Fever and all the agricultural-chemical spraying that goes on.
I wonder if the monks at St. Anthony Monastery in Arizona are being affected? Perhaps being out in the sticks helps.
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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.