If you fear God, you won’t fear humans.

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Henri Nouwen also includes a story about a peasant who wondered how he could fulfill the ‘precept’ to pray without ceasing (1Thess 5:17), as he understood it. ‘How can I pray without ceasing when I am busy with many other things?” He found his answer in the words of a staretz, a mystical teacher. The peasant began to pray one short phrase thousands of times. Then, he says, ‘I gave up saying the prayer with my lips. I simply listened to what my heart was saying.’

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