“The best Prayer is the one you say with your own words. Reading a Prayer is not enough. For example, before receiving Holy Communion we read the Service of Preparation for Holy Communion: ‘From lips tainted and defiled, from heart unclean and loathsome sometimes without even understanding the words. You yourself should Pray with your own words. Then you will understand what you are saying to God. This Prayer has great power; great power indeed!”

“If I read a hundred Prayers in the silence of Athos a day, and you, in the noise of the city, with work and family responsibilities, read three Prayers, then we are in the same position.”

“You can’t go to Church on Sunday because you’re working? You can make yourself an altar at that time by saying a prayer.”

“My good children, a theologian is one who converses with God and not one who studies theology.