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Lay Aside All Earthly Cares

"Woe betide us if He finds us overcharged with the cares and sorrows of this life! For who will be able to bear His anger, who will bear the wrath of His countenance? That is why it has been said: "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation" (Mark 14:38), that is lest you be deprived of the Spirit of God, for watching and prayer brings us His grace."

- St. Seraphim of Sarov. "The Aim of the Christian Life." On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit, S.A. Nilus, ed., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014, p. 19.


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