The brethren also asked Abba Agathon “Amongst all good works, which is the virtue which requires the greatest effort?”
He answered “Forgive me, but I think there is no labour greater than that of prayer to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, want to prevent him. For they know that it is only by turning him from prayer that they can hinder his journey. What ever good work a man undertakes, if he perseveres in it, he will attain rest. But prayer is warfare to the last breath.”
In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. | Psalm 16:11
“I know of no greater need today than the need for joy. Unexplainable, contagious joy. Outrageous joy.
When that kind of joy comes aboard our ship of life, it brings things with it—like enthusiasm for life, determination to hang in there, and a strong desire to be of encouragement to others. Such qualities make our voyage bearable when we hit the open seas and encounter high waves of hardship that tend to demoralize and paralyze.
There is nothing better than a joyful attitude when we face the challenges life throws at us.
Someone once asked Mother Teresa what the job description was for anyone who might wish to work alongside her in the grimy streets and narrow alleys of Calcutta. Without hesitation she mentioned only two things: the desire to work hard and a joyful attitude.”