From the Monks Callistus and Ignatius (Directions to Hesychasts no. 16j,
Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart; Faber and Faber pg.
"Without them [temptations] it is impossible to acquire a strong
constitution (of the soul). But again, to withstand them is not in our
power. How could perishable clay withstand the action of water unless the
Divine fire make it strong? If we submit to the yoke of God's will and pray
with constant desire and humility, then, through patience, we also shall
receive everything from our Lord Jesus Christ."
In His Name,
Keith C. Wilkerson