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Daily Meditations: August

Freedom Attracts »

August 31st, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

Freedom Attracts When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a truly free person, there […]

BE AWAKE »

August 30th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS WHOM THE MASTER FINDS AWAKE WHEN HE COMES. —LUKE 12:37 Everywhere in the world people are in search of love, for everyone is convinced that love alone can save the world, love alone can make life meaningful and worth living. But how very few understand what love really is, and how it arises in the human heart. It is so frequently equated with good feelings toward […]

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist: A Little Great Friday »

August 29th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

Today is a little Great Friday, a second Great Friday. For today the greatest man among those born of women, John, the Holy Forerunner and Baptizer of the Lord, is murdered. On Great Friday, people murdered God, crucified God. On today’s holy great feast, people murdered the greatest of all men. It is not I who chose to use the expression “the greatest.” What are my praises of the great […]

Father Maximos on Knowing God through Experience, Logic, and Nature »

August 28th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

There was a pause before the next question. “Yes, Teresa,” Fr. Maximos said, giving the floor to a woman in her thirties who had raised her hand. I was always impressed with his capacity to remember people’s names. “Would you say that we know God through our experience rather than through our logic?” “I believe we know God through both our experience and our logic. Human beings are also rational […]

The Shadow Side of Yourself »

August 27th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

The ego is that part of the self that wants to be significant, central, and important. It is very self-protective by its very nature. It must eliminate the negative to succeed. (Jesus would call it the “actor” in Matthew 23, usually translated from the Greek as “hypocrite”.) The shadow is that part of the self that we don’t want to see, that we’re afraid of and we don’t want others […]