Happy Holidays! Blessed Nativity! “O come, O come Emanuel! Held ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appears. Rejoice! Rejoice Emanuel shall come to thee O Israel.” We are awaiting the Incarnation of the Word, as Mary did so many years ago. St. Nickolai Velomirovic will be giving … Continue reading O Come, O Come Emanuel…., Part 3 on the Mother of God, The Holy Manifestation of her Virtue, The Incarnation of the Word
Mary, the First Hesyachist Part II “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” While in the womb of the Advent Fast, awaiting the birth of Christ, let us enter into the prayer life of the Theotokos, whom St. Gregory Palamas called the first hesyachist and reflect on the value of … Continue reading Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”
Part 2 on Prayer The Reverent Approach to Loving Union with God If we live in the world – we most likely are struggling with our prayer life. How can we transform our prayers so that they are more meaningful? How can we focus our mind in our hearts so that we … Continue reading Part 2 on Prayer, The Reverent Approach to Loving Union with God, airing August 20th
Internal Prayer and Finding One's Deep Heart St. Veronica When I wrote this post it was my name's day old calendar! "Those who only hear about spiritual meditation and prayer and have no direct knowledge of it are like a man blind from birth, who hears about the sunshine without ever … Continue reading “Enter into thy closet and shut the door.” Matt. 6:6, The first in a Series on Internal Prayer
From 1999-2000 I suffered one of the worst setbacks in my life. Due to acute pain and inflammation, I was bed ridden for 9 months. I could not sit, stand or lie without being in pain. Everything practitioners gave me to do made me worse. Though I had some spinal issues in my MRI - … Continue reading The Grace of God answering my prayers – after years of struggles with fibromyalgia – I am now on the road to recovery!!!
I fasted and prayed both with a guru and Tibetan Lama. After years struggling with calming my mind through a multitude of meditation techniques I found what I was looking for in the Jesus Prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner". For what I was truly looking for was … Continue reading Follow your heart – but where is it leading me? Purification of the heart, mind and soul through the Jesus Prayer
Introduction to the Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner. I have often read the Jesus Prayer in prayer books and heard it in church, but my attention was drawn to it first some years ago in Rumania. There in a small Monastery of Smbata, tucked away at … Continue reading Introduction to the Jesus Prayer