Renounce old nature

 

Those who desire to renounce their old nature must not sometimes pray and sometimes not, but must unceasingly devote themselves to prayer and watchfulness of mind, even when they are outside temples of prayer. Those who intend to purify gold, if even for a short time they allow the fire to go out in the furnace, they produce hardening again in the material that is being purified.

+ Ignatius Brianchaninov

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