Category Archives: Wisdom, Prophecy and Prayer

Love is the meaning of glory

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Mother Julian of Norwich was shown that love was our Lord’s meaning; ‘I AM,’ love’s glory, the ground of all our beseeching (Revelation of Love ch. 86).  Like Dame Julian, desert wisdom questions the enduring meaning of being, searching out the hidden ground of uncreated, deifying grace.  Prophecy transmits the Name so that prayer may receive its gracious gifts, opening… Read more »

Prophetic wisdom and prayer of the heart

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The unceasing prayer of the Holy Spirit in the heart gives thanks to God for wisdom which inspires prophecy, wisdom which communicates the Holy Name as a prophetic word awakening the eye of the heart, wisdom that glorifies the Father through the revelatory Name of the Son in the Holy Spirit.  Prophecy speaks to the hearts of those who have not… Read more »

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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Saint Sophrony of Essex bore witness to God’s Name ‘I AM,’ hallowing our age by restoring glory to God.  Wisdom unveils the ineffable oneness of ‘I AM,’ God’s awareness conjoined with deifying  presence in the timeless openness of glory, in the light of God’s embrace of our incompleteness within his consummate completeness.   Glory proceeds from glory to restore glory to the… Read more »

Holy Name and Desert Wisdom.

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 The desert transmits the Holy Name in accordance with the revelation of the Name on Mount Sinai, in the light of the ‘I AM’ sayings of Christ in the Gospel of John, which unveil the transmission of the Name to the Beloved Disciple.  This revelation of the Name on the Mountain of transfiguration informs every dimension of desert wisdom, unveiling… Read more »

Prophetic wisdom and unceasing prayer

Prophetic wisdom springs from the ineffable openness of uncreated awareness, opening prayer to the ineffable oneness of uncreated presence, wisdom beholding glory in the Name, unveiling God in the midst.  God unveils God through God, the Spirit proceeding from the Father to abide in the Son, revealing God’s Name, ‘I AM.’  Elders know that God’s ‘I’ awareness is ever-present, beholding God’s… Read more »

Sanctuary of Peace

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The awakened heart is a sanctuary of peace, a place of joy, a cave of mysteries and home of glory where shadows flee and darkness dazzles.  The heart rejoices in the beauty of its King whose glory fills his Kingdom with boundless love, whose face unveils glory to the saints.  Abidng in the mysteries of the Bridal Chamber, elders weep for all… Read more »

Fire, light and glory (1)

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According to Orthodox hesychasm, wisdom purifies the heart with the fire of light and glory.  Illumination is not therefore the reward for purification achieved without it, by ascetic effort alone.  Although elders speak of purification leading to illumination and to glorification, they know that without the grace of uncreated light, purification remains external.  Without the remembrance of God, the heart remains blind… Read more »

Wisdom, Prophecy and Prayer

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Healthy Orthodox Christianity bears witness to Christ as wisdom, renewing tradition through prophecy and assimilating wisdom through prayer.  When wisdom is neglected, it becomes impossible to tell the difference between wholesome orthodoxy and heresy.  Gnosticism fell into heresy when the Church’s healthy gnosis was lost and divisive confusion broke her wholesome union of communion, causing divisive schism.  Ever since the second century,… Read more »

Elijah: Prophet of Prayer

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Elijah is the Prophet of Prayer and whenever the word of prophecy opens the eye of the heart to pure prayer, the sacred tradition of Elijah is renewed.   The uncreated fire that consumes all that confuses us with God also cures all that separates us from God, because dissipation is determined by demonic division which hallowing communion alone can… Read more »

Humble Obedience to the Will of God

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Humility is Christ-like when there is no trace of self-interest but simply obedience to the divine will, which hallows the Name so the Kingdom comes.  The Holy Spirit abides in the Son at the heart of the Church, humbly interceding in the Name, witness to God’s Kingdom in the hallowing.  Sacred tradition has nothing to do with pious addictive habits… Read more »