before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands
and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his
heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything
that he asks."
"...he who refuses to accept criticism, just or not, renounces his own
salvation, while he who accepts it, hard or not though it may be, will soon
have his sins forgiven."
St. John Climacus