Category Archives: Spirituality

“The Mountain is on fire these hours, the devil groans, truly the monks are deified”

I went out and I sat on a rock. It was getting dark. The soft roar of the sea could be heard from afar. All the sweetness of eternity came into my disturbed soul. Boundless calm. I felt the presence … Continue reading

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Interceding for Others with the Jesus Prayer

H: Indeed, father, we have not said anything up to now about saying the Jesus prayer for others. How can one use the prayer for this purpose? There is so much misfortune in the world, so much is wrong, there is … Continue reading

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“If you deprive yourself of prayer, be sure that you have lost something very great”

You must realise the necessity of purification from passions. You should not only want to make others well but you should believe that you, too, like all of us, are full of passions. Each passion is a hell. You should … Continue reading

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The Dangers and Errors of the Jesus Prayer

H: I want to hear more. You said that the Jesus prayer is a science, a complete university. I want you to make me a scientist tonight. You are asking too much. Nobody can become a scientist of the Jesus … Continue reading

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“To discover one’s heart is an act of reintegration, and when the heart and mind are reunited it’s an experience of tremendous spiritual joy and delight.”

In the Orthodox spiritual tradition and in the Bible the heart is the center and core of our being, and there’s a lot of biological information that backs this up. In the human fetus the cardiovascular system is the first … Continue reading

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The Five Stages of the Jesus Prayer

H: After my interruption and your explanation, can you please tell me the stages of the prayer more analytically? Where does one start from and how does one progress? There are primarily five stages. Firstly: The reciting of the Jesus … Continue reading

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“The basic purpose of the Jesus prayer is to unify the whole of man ‘who has become fragmented'”

Two or three years ago a reader of Eclectic Orthodoxy, knowing how important the Jesus Prayer had become in my own spiritual life, sent me a copy of A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain by Met Hierotheos of … Continue reading

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