“Do not look only for delight from prayer; do not become despondent when you do not feel joy. Sometimes you stand and stand in church, and it seems that you do not have a heart within you, but a piece of wood, rough and coarse. And so what? For the piece of wood, thank You, Lord! It means that that is how it should be.  By experiencing sweet delights, a soul can become puffed up, but such a condition as ‘stony insensibility’ humbles it.”

– St. Barsanuphius of Optina

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