Category Archives: Spirituality

“And so God said, the man is mad; he does not know how to be happy”

Let anyone desiring to find true humility and rest for his soul learn lowliness of mind and see that in it is all joy and all glory and all tranquility, and in pretensions to superiority, just the contrary. From where … Continue reading

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“If you don’t get enough deep sleep during the night, expect prayer time to become nap time”

If dealing with distractions is not bad enough, few things can be as defeating as battling sleep; perhaps not deep REM sleep, just the gentle dozing that keeps the head bobbing up and down. This is one of those areas … Continue reading

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‘We may go off to retreat houses or enter a monastery, but unless we quieten the world of inner chatter, we never enter”

Though addressing monks in his own monastery, St. Hesychios speaks to all of us on the contemplative path when he says, “One who has renounced such things as marriage, possessions and other worldly pursuits is outwardly a monk, but may … Continue reading

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“The Center encompasses all things, even as it indwells all things, the way the sea fills the membrane of the sponge that makes its home in the sea”

Contemplation is the soul’s Copernican revolution. Copernicus did not invent a heliocentric universe. He simply discovered what had always been the case. The sun never did revolve around the earth. The revolution was the integrating glimpse of the truth of … Continue reading

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“Have you thanked God for this failure already?”

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“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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