Archive for June, 2011

On the struggle with thoughts. Fr George Calciu and Elder Paisios.

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain

In the moment when you begin to pray, the devil attacks you; and after the first words, after the first short prayers you make, he puts all kinds of unimportant, worldly thoughts in your mind. Even curiosity about the time of day or whether it is sunny or cloudy works in your mind.  All of these appear as innocent behavior, but they disrupt the voice of prayer in our heart. 

Elser Paisios of the Holy MountainFather Paisios of Mount Athos says that these thoughts which appear in our mind at the time of prayer are like airplanes.  First, you hear them from afar very faintly as a noise without much intensity, then the noise grows and grows, and when they arrive over your head, they overwhelm you with their noise and then go away.  But if you enter into conversation with these thoughts, they will make your heart into an airport. 

 

 

 

 


 

Fr George CalciuFather George Calciu, “Prayer is a Struggle,” Adrian and Mihaela Ulmer (trs), Father George Calciu: Interview, Homilies, and Talks, Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, pp. 138-139.

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain, Life and  Sayings

Christ Has Risen within Your Heart! – by Father George Calciu

 

 

 

 

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The Meaning of Ascension. Audio Homily.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

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Synopsis: Because Jesus Christ took on our flesh in every way, His ascension tells us that we will ascend in the flesh. This will be accomplished by living according the the Holy Spirit, Who was promised to us after His ascension.


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St Ephrem the Syrian on the Ascension. St Athanasius explains the Psalms referring to the Ascension.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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Do you see then to what height of glory human nature has been raised? Is it not from earth to heaven? Is it not from corruption to incorruption? How hard would not someone toil in order to become the intimate friend of a corruptible king here below? But we, although we were alienated and hostile in our intent by evil deeds, have not only been reconciled to God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, but we have also soared aloft to sonship, and now our nature is worshipped in the heavens by every creature seen and unseen.

St Ephrem – Catechesis 7 – http://web.ukonline.co.uk/ephrem/ths07.htm



On this account it foretells his bodily ascension into heaven, and says in Psalm 23, "Lift up your gates, you princes and be lifted up, you everlasting doors, and the king of glory shall come in." And in the forty-sixth, "God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with a sound of a trumpet." It announces the session at God's right hand, and says in Psalm 109, "The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool."

Interpretation on the Psalms, in The Letter to Marcellinus by St. Athanasius of Alexandria

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Ascension – 11 questions and answers, and The whole of our faith is Jesus Christ. Two prophesies, one fulfilled, one being fulfilled.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Ascension, Archimandrite Zinon, Pskov-Pechery http://campus.belmont.edu/honors/Pskov/PskovPecheryAscensionIcon.jpg

hat significance does the event of the Ascension of Jesus Christ have for the Christian? We should understand why we celebrate any feast, and its inner meaning.

In the gospel reading for liturgy on the Ascension, two gifts are mentioned by Christ. One is given and one is promised. What are they? Comment on their importance and meaning for a Christian.

What mountain did Christ ascend from? How will this mountain be involved in another, cataclysmic event?

There is a significant occurrence in the Ascension story that can only be understood in the context of the church, and the absolute need for apostolic succession of bishops and priests. This occurrence, properly understood, should cause everyone who trusts his own interpretation of the bible outside of the context of a visible, authoritative and dogmatic church to flee from his false, individual understanding and seek out the church.

What is this occurrence? Comment on it, and try to specify other scriptures which point out or support this critical Christian teaching.

… and more questions and answers.

Ascension. The whole of our faith is Jesus Christ. Two prophesies, one fulfilled, one being fulfilled. Audio

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