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June 27th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

Consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, because you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. -James 1:2-3 Ego is often maligned as some sort of table-pounding ogre, or a spoiled brat who throws all the toys out of the pram when things don’t go its way. While ego certainly has its bad days, it is […]

Divinization: A Lost Pearl »

June 26th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Greek word theosis, often used by the Eastern Fathers of the church, is probably best translated as “divinization.” [1] Although usually taught in the more mystical and Trinitarian Eastern Church, it was largely lost in the more practical, carrot-on-the-stick emphasis of the Western Church. Every time the Christian church divided or separated, each group lost one half of the Gospel message. That seems to have been true in the […]

The Cell, Meeting God and Ourselves (Part VIII) The Cell as Sacred Space »

June 23rd, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Cell as Sacred Space As we have seen, the cell is the reason for anachoresis. The monk withdraws to find a place for solitude, silence, and transformation. The cell is different from the rest of the inhabited world because of what happens in the cell and in the interior life of the monk. For this reason, the monk must guard the cell both by being a good steward of […]

The Purpose and Method of Christian Life (Part I). The Goal and Telos of Christian Life. »

June 22nd, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. Romans 6:22 The Goal and Telos of Christian Life We noted that Christian salvation is fundamentally the same, whether pursued in the world or through monasticism. It is this foundational unity, which is the unity of the Holy Spirit himself, that makes monastic spirituality and […]

Reflect on God’s Loving Presence »

June 21st, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

You must be ready all the time.… Luke 12: 40 NLT [In the parable about the head of the house staying awake if he knew when the thief was coming], Jesus represents himself as an unexpected intruder. This parable refers not just to physical death, but to all his unexpected intrusions into our lives that take us by surprise. Sometimes he comes when we are at our lowest ebb. All […]

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