The Principal Thing

by Scott D. Hendricks

The principal thing is to stand with the mind in the heart before God, and to go on standing before Him unceasingly day and night, until the end of life.

~ St. Theophan the Recluse

E. Kadloubovsky and G. E. H. Palmer, trans., The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo, (New York: Faber and Faber, 1997), 63.