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St. John Climacus: Do not say, after spending a long time in prayer . . . - Orthodox Church Quotes
“Do not say, after spending a long time in prayer, that nothing has been gained; for you have already gained something. And what higher good is there than to cling to the Lord and persevere in unceasing union with Him?” + St. John Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 28.29