Pray Simply. Do not expect to find in your heart any remarkable gift of prayer.Consider yourself unworthy of it-then you will find peace. Use the empty, cold dryness of your prayer as food for your humility. Repeat constantly: “I am not worthy, Lord, I am not worthy!” But say it calmly, without agitation. This humble prayer will be acceptable to God.
+ Elder Macarius of Optina
+ Elder Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite (1906-1991)