death

Fifth Tuesday after Pascha. Death and Resurrection: Dying Before We Die »

May 19th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

In one way or another, almost all religions say that you must die before you die, and then you will know what dying means—and what it does not mean! Your usual viewing platform is utterly inadequate to see what is real. It is largely useless to talk about the very ground of your being, your True Self, or your deepest soul until you have made real contact with these at least once. […]

Fifth Monday of Pascha. Being Saved—The Ontological Approach »

May 18th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman, May 24, 2019 I cannot begin to count the number of times I wished there were a simple, felicitous word for “ontological.” I dislike writing theology with words that have to be explained – that is, words whose meanings are not immediately obvious. But, alas, I have found no substitute and will, therefore, beg my reader’s indulgence for dragging such a word into our conversations. From […]

Fourth Tuesday after Pascha. Death and Resurrection: Transition and Transformation »

May 12th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

Just as we have borne the image of the earthy one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one. . . . Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. […]

Third Tuesday after Pascha. Death and Resurrection: Do Not Be Afraid »

May 5th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

I am aware of the phrase “true self” occurring only once in the Bible. Paul used the words to describe what he was desperately trying to locate in the midst of some major trials with his false self. He wrote of it in a telling way: “When I act against my own will, then it is not my true self doing it, but sin which lives in me” (Romans 7:20, Jerusalem Bible). […]

Second Tuesday after Pascha. Death and Resurrection: The Illusion of Separation »

April 28th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

Hopefully we begin life as “holy innocents” in the Garden, with a conscious connection to Being. The gaze of loving, caring parents can mirror us as the beloved and gives us a primal experience of life as union. But sooner or later we all have to leave the Garden. We can’t stay there. We begin the process of individuation, which includes at least four major splits, ways of forgetting our […]