Tag Archives: Nearness of/to God

St. Anthony of Optina: The more you pray to God in times of sorrow . . .

Icon of St. Anthony of Optina“The more you pray to God in times of sorrow, the sooner you will feel His sweet consolation.”

— St. Anthony of Optina

St. John of Kronstadt: Sometimes during lengthy prayer . . .

Icon of St. John of Kronstadt“Sometimes during a lengthy prayer only a few minutes are really pleasing to God, and constitute true prayer, true service to Him. The chief thing in prayer is the nearness of the heart to God.”

— St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ