On Seeking the Kingdom…

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” This commandment of the Lord, which conveys a complete and total trust in Divine Providence, is the ascetic’s slogan and living practice. Elder Cherubim from St. Basil (on Mt. Athos) was a carefree ascetic, filled with…

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When the people believe and venerate…

This is akin to and almost Orthodox… What is an equivalent canonization? On Thursday, 10 May, Pope Benedict XVI extended to the Universal Church the liturgical worship in honour of St Hildegard of Bingen. This is a typical case of “equivalent canonization”. But what does that mean? In his work De Servorum Dei beatificazione et de Beatorum…

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On the heart…

There is the example of the eye, little in comparison to all the members of the body and the pupil itself is small, yet it is a great vessel. For it sees in one flash the sky, stars, sun, moon, cities, and other creatures. Likewise, these things are seen in one flash, they are formed…

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On Prayer…

The key to a Christian conception of studies is the realization that prayer consists of attention. It is the orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God. The quality of the attention counts for much in the quality of the prayer. Warmth of heart cannot make up for it. –…

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On the Sign of the Cross…

On this day, May 7th in the year 351, not long after Cyril had succeeded Maximus as Archbishop of Jerusalem, during the reign of Constantius, the son of Saint Constantine the Great, on the day of Pentecost, the sign of the Cross appeared over Jerusalem. Saint Cyril, in his letter to the Emperor Constantius, says,…

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