Hegumen Job (Gumerov)
Hegumen Job (Gumerov) is a monk of the Sretensky Monastery in central Moscow.
Hegumen Job (Gumerov) was born in 1942. In 1966, he graduated from the philosophy department of Moscow State University, and then received the degree of aspirantura. He defended his candidate’s dissertation in the Institute of Philosophy on the theme “A Systematic Analysis of the Changes in Social Organization”; then for fifteen years he worked as a senior research fellow at the All-Union Scientific Research Institute for System Studies, Academy of Sciences. He graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary, and then the Theological Academy. He defended his thesis for the degree of Candidate in Theology. He taught Foundational Theology at the Moscow Theological Seminary and Old Testament at the Theological Academy.
He is in charge of the "Questions to a Priest" on the site Pravoslavie.ru.
To advance in prayer you need to love it
… First of all, we must remember that prayer is the living, the real communion with God. "Prayer is a means to attract and hand of acceptance for all the graces, so abundantly poured out on us from the inexhaustible source of boundless love for us and God's goodness" (St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite, Unseen Warfare). Therefore, it must be performed with care. It does not come immediately. You have to be patient. There was a time when we did not know how to read and write, but the effort has yielded results. Similarly, we learn to pray. We need to be consistent.
To advance in prayer you need to love it, bearing in mind that the time of prayer is the time of communication with our loving Heavenly Parent. … At the time of prayer, we must try to free our mind from life's daily cares. Our condition is favorable for prayer when we have peace of mind. If you are not reconciled with someone, then during the prayer the thoughts of condemnation are going to rise up and resentment and anger are going to sharpen.
… As the cleansing of the heart and the acquisition of the virtues continues, the prayer will not only become an attentive, intelligent, but also warm, cordial, lively.
Hegumen Job (Gumerov)
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29 ноября 2003 г.