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Wise Beyond Her Years

October 26, 2011 2 comments

At least it seems to me.  Some might say I am biased.  Tough toodley.

Wisdom comes in doses, mostly small ones.  As with every good thing, you have to persevere.  If you really want it.  This good thing is learned.  It is a gift.  It is given only to those with a heart turned toward our God.  A humble heart.  A contrite heart.  Which is why it is difficult to obtain Wisdom.  Who wants to be humble?  Who seeks out humiliation?  Only One I know of.  But He makes it possible to do the impossible.  We have the Comforter.  Availed always.  Present.  Leading.  Urging.  Guiding.  Protecting.  Patient.

Forward Ho!, my dear one.  The Pearl is before you.  Always.

Why We Fast

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment

People are often intrigued by, or some may be wary of, the fasting that takes place in the Orthodox Church when they become aware of the practice. There is much that can be said about fasting, and plenty has been said by many. But as today marks the beginning of the Great Fast (Lent), Fr. Stephen has a post that talks about why we fast. When all is said and done, this post may leave one asking oneself “Why don’t we fast”? Enjoy.

Prayer For Married Persons

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

A daily prayer for couples; perhaps this could also be a prayer for those considering marriage to meditate upon.

O merciful God, we beseech You ever to remind us that the married state is holy, and that we must keep it so;

Grant us Your grace, that we may continue in faithfulness and love;

Increase in us the spirit of mutual understanding and trust, that no quarrel or strife may come between us;

Grant us Your blessings, that we may stand before our fellows and in Your sight as an ideal family;

And finally, by Your mercy, account us worthy of everlasting life: for You are our sanctification, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Amen.

Prayer For Our Enemies

July 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Another prayer that is part of a prayer rule for some.

Lord Jesus Christ, in Your great mercy You prayed for the forgiveness of those who crucified You, and You taught us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.

Lord, I pray that You forgive those who treat me unjustly and speak out against me, and that You bless them and guide them according to Your will.

Take away any bitterness I may have in my heart against them.

Lord, may Your forgiveness, goodness and love be revealed in all of us, to Your praise and glory.

Amen.

May my heart of stone become a heart of flesh, day by day, by God’s grace and His mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Prayer For the Start of the Day

July 21, 2009 Leave a comment

A prayer to begin the day, part of the morning prayer rule (discipline) for many. It is beautiful, simple, and yet so very rich.

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace, help me in all things to rely upon Thy holy will.

In every hour of the day reveal Thy will to me.

Bless my dealings with all who surround me.

Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with the firm conviction that Thy will governs all.

In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.

In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by Thee.

Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others.

Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.

Direct my will, teach me to pray.

And pray Thou, Thyself, in me.

Amen.

– St Philaret of Moscow, 1782 – 1867

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Blessed Are The Meek

May 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. And not a single voice of “I told you so” will be whispered on that day.

– Fr Stephen Freeman

Wonderful words by Fr Stephen in his closing of today’s post on humility and “progress” (or the lack thereof) in our spiritual life.

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