fasting

The First Day of Christmas Advent. Fasting from the Sentiments of the Feast »

November 15th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman I have a favorite Joni Mitchell song. In her very mournful style she sings about the season before Christmas: It’s comin’ on Christmas, They’re cuttin’ down trees, They’re puttin’ up reindeer and singin’ songs of joy and peace. Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on…I would teach my feet to fly! It is a melancholy tune, echoing the bittersweet experience of […]

Wednesday of Meat-Fare. And When You Fast »

February 15th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

Jesus said, “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your father who sees in […]

Monday of the Prodigal Son. He Who Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted »

February 6th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

Jesus said this parable: Two men went down to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, […]

NOUS: “VIGILANT GATE-KEEPER.” (Part II) »

July 6th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

As attentive and vigilant as the nous may be, without divine strength and the invocation of the name of the Lord Jesus, “the rotating sword,” it is unable to be guarded from harmful thoughts. The vigilance, therefore, or the watchfulness or attentiveness of the nous is accompanied by prayer. On its own, the nous does not have the power for pure prayer unless it uses the salt of watchfulness that […]

The First Monday (Pure) of Great Lent: Slavery to Technology »

March 14th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

Being Separate in a Connected World Beloved in Christ, we have to see ourselves as being different than the world around us!  As Christians we are called to be “in the world, but not of the world.” (John 15:19).  The Scripture says “come out and be separate…..” (2 Cor. 6:17) Yet this can be very difficult in a world that pressures us to conform to its ways and to be […]