Holy Elder Ambrose of Optina

About laziness and depression St. Ambrose of Optina said: “Boredom is the grandson of depression, and laziness is the daughter. To send her away, labor actively–do not be lazy in prayer, then boredom will pass and zeal will come. And if you add to this patience and humility, then you will escape much evil.”

“If you do not feel like praying, you have to force yourself,” the Elder said. “The Holy Fathers say that prayer with force is higher than prayer unforced. You do not want to, but force yourself. The Kingdom of Heaven is taken by force (cf. Matt. 11:12).”

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