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Human Beings and the Cosmos (Part XI): Exorcism, Technology & Resurrection »

October 2nd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

The most authentically Christian, baptismal attitude, must be one of exorcism. In exorcizing the determinisms of technological society we are by no means condemning the scientific research and invention which spring from it. Rather, we are trying to make them have more respect for reality. Christians must demand of science a more open-ended research, and of technology an efficiency that serves the irreducible person no less than the indispensable relationship […]

Dealing with Our Passions (Part VIII) »

October 1st, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

The antirrhetic method requires that we first observe our thoughts precisely, that we note whether they make us sick or healthy, whether they lift us up or drag us down, whether they correspond to the Spirit of God. Evagrius describes the process of testing thoughts with the image of the gatekeeper: “Be a gatekeeper of your heart and let no thought in without questioning it. Examine every single thought one […]

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Kung Fu and the Way of the Ant »

September 30th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Micah Hirschy As was the case with many young men who grew up during the 80’s and 90’s, I went through a period of deep fascination with Kung-Fu movies.  There was something intrinsically appealing about a story where a young man could spend a few days with a Kung-Fu master or read an ancient scroll and henceforth become invincible and able to battle evil!  I also loved that […]

Saint Isaac the Syrian: Work by Day »

September 29th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Work by day After the morning Office, when he sat down to read the Bible he became like a man enraptured: with every verse he read he would fall many times on his face, and at many of the phrases he would raise his hands to heaven and glorify God many times over. He was about forty years old, his food was sparse, and in temperament he was dry and […]

Theosis »

September 28th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Orthodox doctrine of theosis, according to John Paul II, is perhaps the greatest gift of the Eastern Church to the West, but one that has largely been ignored or even denied. [1] The Eastern fathers of the Church believed that we could experience real and transformative union with God. This is in fact the supreme goal of human life and the very meaning of salvation–not only later, but now […]

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