St. John Climacus: Let your prayer be completely simple. . . .Sayings from Saints, Elders, and Fathers, St. John Climicus (of the Ladder) / By Orthodox Church Quotes “Let your prayer be completely simple. For both the publican and the prodigal son were reconciled to God by a single phrase.” + St. John Climacus, Step 28.5, Ladder of Divine Ascent Related posts: Fr. Seraphim Rose: This weekend, at the Sunday Vigil of the Prodigal Son . . . St. Peter of Damascus: … if you are not what you should be, you should not despair. . . . St. Gregory of Palamas: On the Prayer of the Pharisee Canon of St. Andrew: I have sinned, O Savior, yet I know that Thou art the Lover of men. . .