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From the Prayer of Jesus to Prayer of the Heart (Part I) »

January 22nd, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Archimandrite Placide Deseille is Higoumen of the Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great, St.-Laurent-en-Royans, France, and professor at the St. Sergius Theological Institute in Paris. The following thoughts are adapted from a talk he gave at a local parish on 6 March 2008, originally published by the Service Orthodoxe de Presse (SOP), supplement no. 327, April 2008. The expressions “Prayer of the Heart” and “Prayer of Jesus” or “Jesus Prayer” […]

A Tuning Fork »

November 12th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Contemplative prayer is like striking a tuning fork. All you can really do in the spiritual life is resonate to the true pitch, to receive the always-present message. Once you are tuned, you will receive, and it has nothing to do with worthiness or the group you belong to, but only inner resonance, a capacity for mutuality (see Matthew 7:7-11), which implies a basic humility. We must begin with the knowledge that […]

Saved in Weakness »

July 6th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman, January 21, 2015  We are not saved by our talents and gifts nor by our excellence – we are saved by our weakness and our failure. I have made this point in several ways in several articles over the recent past – and the question comes up – but what does that look like? How do I live like that? The question can be somewhat urgent […]

The Hidden Jesus »

May 22nd, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Jesus was as hidden to his contemporaries as he seems to us today. Many Christians and others of good will, regardless of their faith or lack of it, feel that if they had been able to walk the hills of Galilee with Jesus, to see and hear him, they would be able to decide for themselves. I doubt it. Being there might not have made a difference at all. Look […]

Monday of the Third Week of Great Lent: Obedience is the Child of Trust. If You Think You Are Humble that Means You Are Not. »

March 5th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Obedience is the Child of Trust Obedience is the complete renunciation of one’s own soul, demonstrated, however, by actions. More exactly, it is the death of the senses in a living soul. Obedience is a freely-chosen death, a life without cares, danger without fears, unshakeable trust in God, no fear of death. It is a voyage without perils, a journey in your sleep. Obedience is the burial of the will […]