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September 27th - Three Degrees of Purity of Heart

Purity of heart is a precondition of genuine prayer and also a consequence of it. Evagrius writes in his Chapters on Prayer, ‘First of all, pray to be purified from your passions. Secondly, pray to be delivered from ignorance. Thirdly, pray to be freed from all temptation and abandonment.’ As we come to God, we are called to go through three degrees of purity of heart, of increasing intensity. Through prayer we are purified and emptied of all that makes us attached to ourselves and to the world.

Praying with Benedict: Prayer in the Rule of St. Benedict
Korneel Vermeiren, OCSO, Page 58