Image by Pexels from Pixabay Spiritual beginners (of which I am the first) often approach prayer for the joy they receive from the act itself. The auditory silence, the visual of the chapel/location they pick not to mention the types of prayers many of which are ordered for the gratification of the self. If we … Continue reading Spiritual Beginners Who Pray For Pleasure
What I'm about to say may sound like I'm being cute, but it's actually true. The greatest theology out there is that of contemplation of Jesus Christ. The pinnacle and summit of what it means to be a theologian are to adore the Lord. The best way to get to know Christ is to use … Continue reading The Greatest Theology Is To Contemplate Jesus
Image by Radoan Tanvir from Pixabay When we first begin to commit ourselves to dedicated prayer it's not easy. If it were that easy everyone would be doing it, right? How do we know when the prayer is really beginning to take effect? It's that moment when we wake up and our first desire is … Continue reading When Prayer Becomes Active, The Reason Why It Is Difficult, And When To Fight And Retreat
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay This morning as I prayed my Jesus prayer from the bed, I struggled to find peace in the prayer. I suddenly had the thought, "Pray not for peace, but for a relationship with the Lord." I understood that many times we come to the Lord asking for stuff. These material … Continue reading Pray For A Relationship With The Lord
St.John Chrysostom 357-407 A.D It was 10am when I entered St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church in the centre of my town a few years back. It is where me and my wife married so held a prominent place in our lives. The intention was not to attend the service but simply to light a candle. … Continue reading The Important Role St.John Chrysostom Has Played In My Journey Towards Orthodoxy
I'd like to begin this post with a parable. A man had been hiking through the woods when he lost his way. He prayed for God to help him. Taking his map in hand he'd no idea how to pinpoint his location. Suddenly, a man came along the path and saw a person who'd lost … Continue reading Sometimes We Don’t Realize What God Is Doing For Us
Image by Artist and zabiyaka from Pixabay Many of us would never think that prayer could ever be a dangerous act. How could prayer ever be a problem when it is supposed to bring peace and calm to ones life? If prayer is dangerous why should I practice it? So many questions haha. When we … Continue reading Can Prayer Be Dangerous?
When I was a young 11-13-year-old starting out in high school the local Catholic priest would visit us. The school had its oratory (it's a Catholic school) where the priest would take us for prayer. He was a young man and you could tell he was of middle-class countryside descent (most Irish Catholic priests are) … Continue reading Do Breathing Exercises Enhance Our Prayer Lives and Bring Peace?
For those of us in the west, when monks here do a call to prayer they ring out Bells. In some countries and monasteries in the east the call to prayer is seen as going to do battle with the invisible power of darkness and so they sound the drum as if going into war. … Continue reading The Drum Monks Use When Going To Do Battle With Demons
I visited my local monastery today and took a walk on its grounds. Going down hill is always much easier than coming up hill. On my way back up hill I hear the bells ring for prayer. Having huffed and puffed at quick pace to reach the Church I made it inside. I caught some, … Continue reading A Disturbance In The Force