Man’s highest goal and purpose, the union of the soul with God, is a primary principle in the works of Saint Macarius. Describing the methods for attaining mystical communion, the saint relies upon the experience of the great teachers of Egyptian monasticism and on his own experience. The way to God and the experience … Continue reading On the Purpose of Our Life on Earth… By Saint Marcarius the Great of Egypt.
Happy New Year! Technology, while opening up the global community to everyone, has robbed us of essential personal time and communication with each other. The most important factor in living long healthy lives is not money, a healthy diet, good medical care, etc., it is personal connection. Let's make a goal in the New Year … Continue reading Creating Deeper Personal Connection with Each Other and God in the New Year…
In her striving to follow the commandments of God, the only thoughts the Theotokos filled herself with those dedicated to God. She prepared her body and soul to be a pure vessel for the Lord. May we too fill our souls with the love of God and receive His Holy Spirit in the sanctified … Continue reading Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives
With the Saints give rest O Lord, to the souls of they servants! For in Thee have we placed our hope, O our Creator and Fashioner and God! When I look back at what it took for my Italian Grandfather, Pietro, to bring his family to America in 1921, for a better life and how … Continue reading Praying for our departed loved ones.
A Beautiful Journey By Nina T. Hawker on June 8, 2018 Format: Paperback I received your book on Friday and could not put it down! In spite of my otherwise busy schedule, I finished your book on Sunday morning! What a gift you have given to this modern world! Your message is so genuine, raw … Continue reading New Review of “In Christ I am a New Creation
Sensual Judgment and Curiosity The Robbers of Our Communion with God and Inner Stillness "Try to be free of curiosity, for it can defile stillness as nothing else can." St. John Climacus In this podcast Veronica examines the sensual aspect of our fallen nature and how our physical senses and curious tendencies can entice and … Continue reading Sensual Judgment and Curiosity, the Robbers of Our Communion with God and Inner Stillness, airing March 2015
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
The Dance Between Temptations and Grace Part 1 "As the Vespers service finished, I reflected on the newly tonsured nuns. They had waited years for this moment. They had struggled and fought temptations, passions, bad thoughts, and here they were at the true beginning of their monastic life. Things would become harder, … Continue reading The Dance Between Temptations and Grace, Part 1
“Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven.” “When the military … Continue reading Podcast on Martyrdom, In support of our persucuted brethren in Christ,
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