Spiritual Beginners Who Pray For Pleasure

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

When Prayer Becomes Active, The Reason Why It Is Difficult, And When To Fight And Retreat

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

The Important Role St.John Chrysostom Has Played In My Journey Towards Orthodoxy

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

Do Breathing Exercises Enhance Our Prayer Lives and Bring Peace?

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?