Category Archives: Wisdom and Wonder

Return and Listen

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The prophetic practice of returning and listening answers the grace of illumination that generates glorification.  Glorification is the hallowing of the Name, SHEM, that is cognate with SHEMA, meaning to hear or listen, as in the shema,  ‘Hear, O Israel, ‘I AM’ is our God, ‘I AM’ is one’  (Deut 6:4).  Prophecy reminds prayer:  Turn and listen, return and hear God unveiling… Read more »

Gospel of Glory

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The Gospel of the glory of grace turns the light of awareness round to unite the mind and the heart in the uncreated light of glory.  This utterly simple mystery transcends all that thought can grasp, yet Hesychast elders think this through to the end, which is the end of confusion and the beginning of indivisible communion.  Ineffability is not… Read more »

From Grace to Grace

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The desert bears witness that wisdom is the fullness of sheer goodness, completeness poured out from grace to grace.  The wisdom of Jerusalem is the glory of God’s Name whilst the wisdom of Athens is self-examination leading from self-forgetfulness through dialectical questioning to the fullness of self-knowledge.  Culturally speaking, this is an integration of two wisdom traditions, the Abrahamic and the… Read more »

The Name: release into openness, presence of oneness.

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The revelation of the Name in the Burning Bush on Mount Sinai is God’s self-revelation of  glory, ‘I AM WHO I AM,’ to Moses, communicating in the Name ‘I AM,’ ineffable release (Ex 3:14).  The revelation of the Name to Elijah on Mount Carmel reveals ‘I AM: He is God,’ ‘I AM: He is God,’ exposing the delusions of Baal with all-consuming… Read more »

Body of Light, body of Glory

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Elders in the desert hand on the tradition (paradosis) of the crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and glorification of Christ, in whom the saints are crucified, resurrected, ascended and glorified with Christ in the Spirit, who illumines the heart, praying ‘Abba, Father,’ imparting grace that crucifies, resurrects, ascends and glorifies the saints in Christ.   The sacrament of Baptism empowers grace that… Read more »

Timeless wisdom: transcending yet including time

The Holy Name unveils the uncreated luminous clarity of uncreated deifying awareness in God the Holy Trinity.  Wisdom sees with enlightened awareness the uncreated glory of deifying presence.  For wisdom, it is God’s timeless God-centred glorification of God that is decisive, not our temporal ways and means toward God from without.  It is not that temporal ways and means are… Read more »

Trouble and Wonder

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Saint Clement of Alexandria quotes a saying of Jesus from the Gospel of the Hebrews that reflects the threefold unfolding of the ascetic life, purification, illumination and deification, which his contemporary, Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, also taught.  ‘He that seeks will not rest until he finds, and he that has found shall marvel, and he that has marvelled shall reign,… Read more »

Stillness and Wonder

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Saint Isaac the Syrian was witness in the Spirit to the Spirit’s prayer of stillness and wonder which lies at the heart of Orthodox Christian Hesychasm to this day.  He gives the name ‘spiritual prayer’ to the prayer of the Holy Spirit in the heart, a stillness of heart which plunges the heart into awestruck wonder, an experience of the… Read more »

Uncreated Light: uncreated Difference

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Saint Symeon the New Theologian profoundly influenced desert Hesychasm, bearing witness in the Spirit to uncreated light of glory in the midst, wisdom revealing Holy Trinity in uncreated light.  Uncreated wisdom and uncreated glory unite in uncreated light.  Uncreated awareness of uncreated presence is uncreated light.  In the glory of grace, pure awareness unites with pure presence, transfiguring everything in ineffable,… Read more »

Hidden Wisdom of Heraclitus

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The hidden wisdom of Heraclitus lies concealed within the Logos that the desert welcomed home at the heart of its mortal, immortal life, dying its life and living its death in the paradoxes of the divine-human Logos.  Gnomic wisdom tradition in the desert revered wisdom that hearkened to the Logos, not only because wisdom IS the Logos awakening the heart… Read more »