on “striving”

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St. Seraphim of Sarov, is generally considered the greatest of the nineteenth century Russian mystics. He said “When (our) mind and heart are united in prayer and (our) soul is wholly concentrated in a single desire for God, then (our) heart grows warm and the light of Christ begins to shine and fills (us) with peace and joy. We should thank the Lord for everything and give ourselves up to His will; we should also offer Him all our thoughts and words, and strive to make everything serve only His good pleasure.”

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