Category Archives: Spirituality

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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Fr John Chryssavgis on Modern Deserts

ORTHODOX THEOLOGIAN SPEAKS ON MODERN DESERTS Boston, July 18, 2006 ( — Interview With John Chryssavgis “I would say that the secret of the desert is learning to lose,” he says. Author of several books, husband and father of two, … Continue reading

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Meditation and the Jesus Prayer

by Dr. Albert S. Rossi Father Aidan asked me to write an article on “The Jesus Prayer and contemplative prayer” that might help us get closer to Christ. Where to start? What would help you or me? For me, the … Continue reading

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How to Say the Jesus Prayer

It is really sad that we despise the great treasure we received through Holy Baptism, that is the adoption [by God, see Eph. 1:5], and which we have, as the Apostle says, in earthen vessels (2 Cor. 4:7). And that’s … Continue reading

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The Power of the Name

by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware Prayer and Silence ‘When you pray,’ it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, ‘you yourself must be silent. … You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.’ To achieve silence: this … Continue reading

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Archimandrite Maximos Constas on the Spiritual Life

I enthusiastically commend to you this six-part series on the spiritual life by Fr Maximos (Constans). I read these talks last year and found them very helpful, and then listened to the audio recordings during our Canada train trip this … Continue reading

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