Spiritual Discipline

The Spiritual Testament of a Russian Count

"Love God and neighbor. Be patient toward others' deficiencies, for you have your own. Pray morning and night without fail, don't be lazy. Hope in aid from God, don't boast, and above all avoid pride, for this is the mother of all vice."
Russian monk lighting candles in church.

A Scattered Life and an Attentive Life 

by St Ignatius (Brianchininov). "The habit of vigilance over the self protects one from an absent way of life, especially in the midst of loud worldly pleasures that surround one from every side. The attentive man remains alone within himself even in the midst of a crowd.