Daily Meditations: September

Sin: Symptom of Separation. Hidden with Christ in God. »

September 30th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Judeo-Christian creation story says that we were created in the very “image and likeness” of God: “Let us create humanity in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves” (Genesis 1:26). The true human identity must build on this foundational goodness, a true identity “hidden in the love and mercy of God,” as Thomas Merton once put it. [1] “Image” is our objective identity as children of God and […]

Marriage as a Lifetime of Suffering »

September 27th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, May 5, 2015  When couples come to ministers to talk about their marriage ceremonies, ministers think it’s interesting to ask if they love one another. What a stupid question! How would they know? A Christian marriage isn’t about whether you’re in love. Christian marriage is giving you the practice of fidelity over a lifetime in which you can look back upon the marriage and call it […]

Prayer of the Heart in an Age of Technology and Distraction, Part 3 »

September 26th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Maximos (Constas) Man is a creature of great depth, created by God, but after the Fall we are easily distracted from the depths, being enamored with mere surface appearances. What in our world today serves to distract us from the depths, and what can we do about it? It’s hard not to hark back to the saint of the day—Isidore of Pelusium, for a very famous quote that […]

Thoughts on Knowing Wisdom. Thoughts on Adversity. »

September 25th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Michael Haldas Thoughts on Knowing Wisdom, June 3, 3016 “Christ is the true light of the world; it is through Him alone that true wisdom is imparted to the mind…In Scripture wisdom always is traceable to God, who in the second Person of the Trinity is Himself often called Holy Wisdom.” (Jonathan Edwards, OCPM 1/29/2016) “Wisdom is not smarts, nor cleverness, nor a high IQ…The Word of God became […]

“Pros-Efhi” – Towards a Blessing »

September 24th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3 The word for “prayer” in Greek is “Prosefhi,” which literally means “to” or “toward” (pros) a “blessing” (efhi).  So, one way to look at prayer is that it involves receiving the blessing of God over a person, an activity, a […]