Amma Theodora: Is Your Heart Turned Toward God?

Feast of the Holy Prophet Obadiah

Amma-Syncletia_Square.pngTHE SAME Amma was asked about the conversations one hears: “If one is habitually listening to secular speech, how can one yet live for God alone, as you suggest?”

She said, “Just as when you are sitting at table and there are many courses, you take some but without pleasure, so when secular conversations come your way, have your heart turned towards God, and thanks to this disposition, you will hear them without pleasure, and they will not do you any harm.”

—Amma Theodora, Sayings of the Desert Fathers

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