Category Archives: Spirituality

“The friendship of the ‘beyond, above’ with the ‘in the midst’ is at issue in turning to God and mysticism”

The pure trust, the true “yes” lies buried deep in the determinacies of finite life. It surfaces episodically through life, coming through and receding, on and off, visiting and gypsy, like a wayward love. One cannot just will it, though … Continue reading

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Akathist of Thanksgiving

Kontakion 1 Incorruptible King of all ages, holding in your hand every path of human life through the power of your saving Providence. We thank you for all the good things You do, those we know and those we don’t … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Resting in the Word of God

“Lectio Divina,” a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. In the 12th century, … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina as School of Prayer Among the Fathers of the Desert

by Dom Armand Veilleux, O.C.S.O. The vocation of Antony, as it is described for us by Athanasius in his Life of Antony, is well-known. One day the young Antony, who had been brought up in a Christian family of the … Continue reading

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Imagining the God Beyond Being

An imaginative exercise adapted for Christian meditation from Plotinus (Ennead V.8.9.1-18): Let us then apprehend in our thought this visible universe, with each of its parts remaining what it is without confusion, gathering all of them together into one as … Continue reading

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Remembering and Forgetting, Depression, and the Healing of Memories

Back when I was in seminary, I was introduced to what was then called the ministry of inner healing or the healing of memories. Numerous books were written on the subject, notably by Agnes Sanford, Francis MacNutt, Michael Scanlon, Dennis … Continue reading

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Where is the Church?

I generally do not comment on ecclesiology on social media. I believe that the Orthodox Church is the historic and eschatological Church of Jesus Christ in fullness of truth, beauty, life; but I also see beyond her bounds divided and … Continue reading

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