Father Gheorghe Calciu
According to Father Porphyries all these thoughts that come into our mind while praying are like planes. First, you can hear them in the distance, as a background noise, and gradually the noise increases more and more, until they get above your head deafening you with their noise and then they move forward. If you pay attention to them, then they will land in your heart.
Jesus’ name is sweet when summoned, it casts out demons and brings angels back, and makes the heart and mind to be gentle with others. But if you are not there yet, follow the rule of prayer in the prayer book, for calling in prayers the name of God, you call Christ, Virgin Mary, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, God the Father, the Saints, all martyrs.
Loneliness isolates you, makes you helpless, and prevents your spirit to enjoy the good things of this world, especially those of the spiritual world, while life in community saves you from many difficult situations. Nobody achieves salvation on their own, not even the monks, or priests or good Christians. All of us achieve salvation in community, in the bosom of Christ’s Church and we all are responsible of the others.
God resources to wonders in order to convince us only in special cases, and calls in a mystical way each one of us. Which means that our heart is lit by His light, we understand Him, we feel His call and we say “My Lord and God!” same as Thomas did when Jesus resurrected. We don’t touch, but only by increasing our spirit we get to see the unseen God.