silence

Third Friday of Pascha: Suffering »

May 8th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Abbot Tryphon, April 5, 2020 The role of suffering in the salvation of humankind Elder Ambrose of Optina Monastery said, “We should not forget that in our age of ‘sophistication’ even little children are spiritually harmed by what they see and hear. As a result, purification is required….You must understand that Paradisal bliss is granted to no one without suffering.” A person walks on the path to salvation not […]

The Sixth Wednesday of Great Lent. Fast from…Feast on… »

April 8th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

FAST from self-concern and FEAST on compassion for others. FAST from discouragement and FEAST on hope. FAST from lethargy and FEAST on enthusiasm. FAST from suspicion and FEAST on truth. FAST from thoughts that weaken and FEAST on promises that inspire. FAST from shadows of sorrow and FEAST on the sunlight of serenity. FAST from idle gossip and FEAST on purposeful silence. FAST from problems that overwhelm you and FEAST […]

Prayer: The Need for Intentional Silence »

September 10th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, May 23, 2018 We all know the externals of prayer.  Many people also pray in front of icons.  Today’s reflection is about the need for intentional silence. Before we can encounter God, there is a necessity for silence and stillness.  You might be wondering “it is not silent when we worship,” so does there need to be silence in order to encounter God?  There has to […]

True Self and False Self: Living in God »

July 29th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In ways known only to God, the one seeking God in silence unexpectedly falls through the barriers of division and duplicity to discover, as Merton writes, that: . . . here, where contemplation becomes what it is really meant to be, it is no longer something […]

What the Fathers Sought »

July 23rd, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

What the Fathers sought most of all was their own true self, in Christ.  And in order to do this, they had to reject completely the false, formal self, fabricated under social compulsion in “the world.”  They sought a way to God that was uncharted and freely chosen, not inherited from others who had mapped it out beforehand.  They sought a God whom they alone could find, not one who […]