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Father Maximos and the Key Themes of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality »

June 20th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

Fr. Maximos went on to say that he was going to speak about the Ecclesia, or the Church, which includes the practices, homilies, and teachings of the holy elders of Christianity throughout the ages, not just the formal organization. He proceeded to state some well-known presuppositions of the Christian faith: that the Bible holds that God created human beings in His own image, that a human being is an icon […]

Spirituality from Below (Part II) »

June 19th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

The following remark has been attributed to Anthony: “If you see that a young man is striving for heaven with his own will, grasp his feet and drag him down; for it will do him no good.” It makes no sense for young people to meditate too early on, to take the path to mysticism too soon. First they have to come to terms with their own reality. They have […]

Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps »

June 18th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

We are all powerless, not only those physically addicted to a substance. Alcoholics simply have their powerlessness visible for all to see. The rest of us disguise it in different ways and overcompensate for our more hidden and subtle addictions and attachments, especially our addiction to our way of thinking. We all take our own pattern of thinking as normative, logical, and surely true, even when it does not fully […]

The Healing Touch »

June 15th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Healing Touch Touch, yes, touch, speaks the wordless words of love. We receive so much touch when We are babies and so little when we are adults. Still, in friendship, touch often gives more life than words. A friend’s hand stroking our back, a friend’s arms resting on our shoulder, a friend’s fingers wiping our tears away, a friend’s lips kissing our forehead— these bring true consolation. These moments […]

Members of one another (Part VI) »

June 14th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

In the monk’s relationship with the world, St Silouan distinguishes a double movement. First, through prayer the monk withdraws into himself, shutting out the world, gradually liberating himself from visual imagery and discursive thinking, and so entering into the image-free stillness of the heart. But then, within the depths of his own heart, he rediscovers his solidarity with all humankind and with the whole creation. So the monk’s flight from […]