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A 9-step daily prayer that reveals hidden inner truths

Saint Ignatius of Loyola created the Examen to be a very short (“quarter of an hour”) prayer that can be prayed at any time that is most convenient. 1,155 more words


Admiring Humility

“Whom do you admire?” It saddens me that an answer doesn’t come easily to me. When I was young, I admired all manner of people – rock stars, teachers, politicians, TV actors, scientists, activists, writers, you name it. 341 more words

Occasional Essays

The beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis


I do believe that the concept of theosis, or whatever word we want to use to describe what it stands for, is part of the foundation of all Orthodox spirituality and it belongs to all those, whatever the Orthodox community to which they belong, as part of a common inheritance. 1,125 more words

The Spiritual Life

Our Relationship with Christ

by Fr. Matthew the Poor

He who was able to reveal this relationship with Christ is St. Paul who says:

“For surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ” (Eph. 2,622 more words

The Spiritual Life

Mourning into Dancing: Wild Goose Festival

I want to tell you about the little blonde girls wearing summer dresses, dancing barefoot in the shiny mud. I want to tell you about the weeping African-American woman clutching my hand, chanting “I am, I am” to the Sabbath sky. 206 more words

The Spiritual Life

IV. To know

A doctor must first seek to enter the heart of his patient.

Why is saying, "I Love You" to God So Hard?

We know that Jesus teaches us to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength (Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27). But why is this kind of love so difficult for us to trust?  724 more words

Riverside Sermons