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Daily Meditations: February

The Destiny of Eros: Uncertainties »

February 28th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Nothing touches the mystery of personal existence like this theme of human love, which is why we should show reverence and restraint, and heed even more the evangelical caution against judging. We should remember the attitude of Jesus towards the woman ‘taken in the very act of adultery’ (John 8.3-11). We should remember the other, almost tangibly sensual account of the same Jesus allowing a prostitute to wipe his feet […]

ON THE CONQUEST OF THE WORLD »

February 27th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

ST. BASIL THE GREAT says: One cannot approach the knowledge of the truth with a disturbed heart. Therefore we must try to avoid everything that disturbs our heart, that causes forgetfulness, excitement or passion, or that awakens unrest. We must free ourselves as much as possible from all fuss and flutter and ado over vain things. Yes, when we serve the Lord we shall not be troubled about many things, […]

Who is My Neighbor? »

February 26th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Who is My Neighbor? “Love your neighbor as yourself” the Gospel says (Matthew 22:38). But who is my neighbor? We often respond to that question by saying, “My neighbors are all the people I am living with on this earth, especially the sick, the hungry, the dying, and all who are in need.” But this is not what Jesus says. When Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan (see […]

The Lord’s Prayer (Part II) »

February 25th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

So the first situation with which Exodus begins, and we begin, is the discovery of slavery and that it cannot be resolved by an act of rebellion or flight, because whether we flee or whether we rebel we remain slaves, unless we re-establish ourselves, with regard to God and to all the situations of life, in the way taught by the first beatitude: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for […]

The Love of Christ and Prayer »

February 24th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

I said to the Elder, “They are constantly saying prayers at the monastery. They are always saying the Jesus prayer. While at their various chores they recite supplications and salutations. They do this for whole hours at a time. After this they go to the Church for services. “I can’t stand it anymore. My mind has become tired. I feel that I am about to burst. But nevertheless I want […]