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Spiritual Words -43

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  • Mark Sadek
    The Christian receives great benefit from the Divine Mysteries, both in his soul and in his body. . . . Before he communes, he must make the necessary
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2004
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      "The Christian receives great benefit from the Divine Mysteries, both
      in his soul and in his body. . . . Before he communes, he must make
      the necessary preparation, that is, he must confess to his spiritual
      father, correct himself, feel compunction, acquire inner attention,
      guard himself from passionate thoughts as far as possible, and also
      from every other vice.
      Similarly, he must exercise self-restraint, pray, be inwardly awake,
      become more devout, and do every other kind of good deed, reflecting
      what awesome King he is about to receive within himself; especially
      if he considers that the grace which is given to him from Communion
      is proportionate to his preparation. It is evident that the more one
      makes such preparation, the more benefit he receives."

      St. Macarius of Corinth.
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