Daily Reflection for September 8, 2018

Amma Syncletica said, “In the beginning there are a great many battles and a good deal of suffering for those who are advancing towards God and afterwards, ineffable joy. It is like those who wish to light a fire; at first they are choked by the smoke and cry, and by this means obtain what they seek … so we must also kindle the divine fire in ourselves through tears and hard work.”

Can we be diligent in our witness to the spiritual life, in practices of prayer, fasting and conversion?