Daily Meditations

The Poetry of God »

September 20th, 2019

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, May 14, 2015 Whoever wants to become a Christian must first become a poet. – St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia, St. John of Damascus, St. Isaac of Syria, St. Ephrem Edessa St. Porphyrios made this statement in the context of love and suffering: That’s what it is! You must suffer. You must love and suffer–suffer for the one you love. Love makes effort for the loved one. She runs […]

Prayer of the Heart in an Age of Technology and Distraction, Part 2 »

September 19th, 2019

By Fr. Maximos (Constas) The sayings of the desert fathers are really remarkable—some of the oldest Christian literature we have and yet it sounds so contemporary, fresh, modern, and relevant, partly because the whole ethos is just stripped down to the essentials and simplicity of the desert. There is a story from Abba Poemen who is one of the more prominent desert fathers. Apparently a layman from a nearby city […]

Thoughts on Our Faculty of Reason. Thoughts on Spiritual Blindness »

September 18th, 2019

By Michael Haldas Thoughts on Our Faculty of Reason, June 1, 2016 “… as a human faculty, faith is unlike, but in a way connected to, the act of reasoning, by which we make sense of the world around us. It is an “understanding” of that which is beyond understanding. Just because something is beyond understanding does not make it unreasonable. Like music and art, faith is not opposed to […]

The Greatest Prayer there is. »

September 17th, 2019

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis The GREATEST prayer that there is, is the Divine Liturgy.  There is no higher expression of prayer.  For at the climax of this prayer is the Eucharist, is receiving Christ Himself.  No other expression of prayer affords us this.  However, the Divine Liturgy is very dry without a personal life of prayer.  The Divine Liturgy should be the crown of a week of private prayer. I […]

Path of Descent: Participating in God »

September 16th, 2019

What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as one, received not in essence but by participation. Just as if you lit a flame from a flame, it is the whole flame you receive.  —St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022) [1] The path of descent involves letting go of our self-image, our titles, our status symbols—our false self. It will die anyway. So don’t make anything absolute when it is […]