(Originally posted September 15th, 2019)
As it is recounted in the Conferences of St John Cassian, when a certain Abba Isaac was asked what kind of meditation was necessary to have a constant awareness of God, he answered,
This, then, is the devotional formula proposed to you as absolutely necessary for possessing the perpetual awareness of God: O God, incline unto my aid; O Lord, make haste to help me.
While we use a slightly different translation, we should recognize this as the introductory verse that is said every time we pray the Liturgy of the Hours – “God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me” (unless we are praying the Invitatory for the Office of Readings or Morning Prayer).