“A brother said to Abba Anthony,’Pray for me.’The old man said to him, ‘I will have no mercy upon you, nor will God have any, if you yourself do not make an effort and if you do not pray to God.’“
——sayings of the Desert Fathers
The wise father tells us that everything starts with our own efforts. It is a good and noble thing to ask for the prayers of others, but we should never neglect to do our best and to stay in constant communication with God. When we practice striving to do our best and daily conversations with God we can accomplish much. In this formula we can find wholeness and peace.