Illumined Path: I Thank Him For The Stars

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From G.K. Chesterton: As a child I was faced with a phenomenon requiring explanation. I hung up at the end of my bed an empty stocking, which in the morning became a full stocking. I had done nothing to produce the things that filled it. I… had not worked for them, or made them or […]

Illumined Path: The Infant Who Was Our God Before All Time

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From “Confession and Thanksgiving to Christ” by St. Tikhon of Zadonsk: Son of God! Blessed are the swaddling clothes in which You were wrapped! Blessed, the crib in which You were laid! Blessed are the arms which sheltered the Infant Who was our God before all time! Blessed are the robes which clothed God Incarnate, […]

Illumined Path: Pray This Way With All Your Heart

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From “How to Live a Holy Life,” by Metropolitan Gregory of St. Petersburg (1784-1860): The prayer that is most pleasing to the Lord God and most salvific for us is without a doubt the prayer that the Lord Himself taught us, that is, Our Father, Who art in the heavens, and so on. Our Father. […]

Illumined Path: Guarding The Peace In Our Hearts

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From “Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica”: Question: What is the most important thing in one’s spiritual life? Answer: To guard the peace in our hearts. Do not let this peace be disturbed at any cost. Peace should reign in our hearts—peace and silence. Chaotic thoughts are […]

Illumined Path: Open The Eyes Of My Heart

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A prayer of St. John Chrysostom, before reading sacred Scripture or and other spiritual texts: O Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart, that I may hear Your word and understand and do Your will, for I am a sojourner upon the earth. Hide not Your commandments from me, but open my eyes, […]