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Daily Meditations: June

We Will Not Make the World a Better Place »

June 30th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman I have written previously about various aspects of the “Modern Project.” It is the world we live in. Its ideas and assumptions enter our thoughts with no critical inspection or hesitancy. We are modern. However, the gospel is not modern and many ideas of Modernity are contrary to the gospel. It is necessary, therefore, as a simple matter of discernment to question and examine the assumptions of […]

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

June 29th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

So, what do the terms “purity of heart” and “kingdom of God” mean? We begin with purity of heart. Abba Moses speaks at quite some length about what it is, as well as what it is not. First, we will look at what Abba Moses says about purity of heart in positive terms-what he says about what it actively is. Abba Moses connects purity of heart to a variety of […]

The Cell, Meeting God and Ourselves (Part IX). The Cell and Love of Neighbor »

June 28th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Cell and Love of Neighbor The external environment of a society, family or religious community reflects the internal environment of the human beings who form it. Jesus said, “By their fruit you shall know them” (Matt 7:16, NRSV). In the cell the monk’s interior life is formed in such a way that he or she becomes what the cell makes possible. The physical enclosure of the cell houses the […]

VERY LOVING LIGHT »

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 […]