And so there is, over and beyond our faculties, at the point where they originate, a mysterious sanctuary where we are inseparably joined to God and maintained by him upon the abyss of void, posed as a living mirror of his life and being. In this mirror, beyond habitual consciousness, our interior gaze meets thatContinue reading “a mysterious sanctuary where we are inseparably joined to God”
One of the fathers asked Abba Nistheros the Great, the friend of Abba Antony: “What good work should I be doing?” He said to him: Are not all actions equal? Scripture says that Abraham was hospitable, and God was with him. David was humble, and God was with him. Elias loved interior peace, and GodContinue reading “do whatever you see that your soul desires according to God”
The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology, edited by E. Kadloubovsky and E. M. Palmer (London: Faber and Faber, 1966), pp. 190 to 194: To stand guard over the heart, to stand with the mind in the heart, to descend from the head to the heart—all these are one and the same thing. The coreContinue reading “not in the head but in the chest”
What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that gripsContinue reading “the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God”
“Last Night As I Was Sleeping” by Antonio Machado Translated by Robert Bly: Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous error!— that a spring was breaking out in my heart. I said: Along which secret aqueduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, water of a new life that I have never drunk? LastContinue reading “marvelous error”
“A Major Work” by William Meredith: Poems are hard to read Pictures are hard to see Music is hard to hear And people are hard to love But whether from brute need Or divine energy At last mind eye and ear And the great sloth heart will move.
Having life “abundantly” has something to do with quality, not quantity. Quantity belongs to the mind. Issues of quality belong to the heart. …The language of the heart is silence–not a bleak, empty silence, but a profound and meaningful silence that ceaselessly sings the glory of God. From Bread & Water, Wine & Oil byContinue reading “a profound and meaningful silence”
Education is not primarily a heady project concerned with providing information; rather, education is most fundamentally a matter of formation, a task of shaping and creating a certain kind of people. What makes them a distinctive kind of people is what they love or desire – what they envision as ‘the good life’ of theContinue reading “a constellation of practices, rituals, and routines”