Bucharest, May 13, 2022
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania sent a message on the occasion of the meeting of the National Council of the Association of Romanian Christians (ASCOR) being held May 12-15, concentrating on the role of prayer in the lives of Orthodox youth.
The Romanian primate writes:
Prayer is the foundation of man’s life and spiritual growth, it is saving and sanctifying, because it fills us with the presence of the love of the All-Merciful God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the father and the communion of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:13). Prayer, as the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in the pious man, brings comfort, peace and joy; it unites us to the Most Holy Trinity, the source of joy and eternal life, but also to the Church of Christ at all times and in all places.
Following the holy Apostle Paul’s exhortation to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17), the Patriarch commends the youth to the practice of the Jesus Prayer, as “the best way to enlighten the soul and sanctify the Christian’s life.”
“Therefore, prayer is a source of joy and spiritual strength, a source of peace and love for God and for our fellow men; it is the spiritual breath of the soul,” His Beatitude writes.
“Nothing can replace prayer, and no activity is more valuable than prayer,” for prayer brings love into the heart and unites us with God and man, the Patriarch encourages.
“The Church is called to pay special attention to the youth, defending their innocence, sincerity, courage, desire for renewal, and all the values of this age blessed by God, for cultivating human dignity and a healthy life, and for seeking salvation or eternal life,” he continues.
Pat. Daniel concludes wishing all “to increase in the knowledge of prayer as a state of meeting and conversation of man with God, as a source of sanctification of the Christian life in the Church and in the family, but also as the pillar of joy in the Kingdom of the love of the Most Holy Trinity!”