Illumined Path: Pray This Way With All Your Heart

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

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

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, […]

Illumined Path: God’s Work

From “Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica”: Any work we do here on earth is God’s work. … We should not think too much about who our superiors are, or who are employer is. What we should bear in mind is that every type of work on […]

Illumined Path: By Night And By Day

From St. Ephraim the Syrian: It is good to pray always and not to lose heart, as the Lord says. And again the Apostle says, “Pray without ceasing.” That is: by night and by day and at every hour, and not only when coming into the church, and not bothering at other times. But whether […]