I know I am not alone in seeking to have
enough time to do everything:
study or work or tend one's family
(some do all three at once)
sleep enough for one's needs.
I have been mulling over a section in Frederica Matthewes-Green's
book on the Canon of St. Andrew...
about the prayer of the heart...
I asked my spiritual father about this
and he explained that both the heart
and the nous (the Greek word for where one's spiritual intellect / perception is)
are both damaged and need to be purified.
And that we seek everything to find rest and do not realize that
it is only when the heart and the nous
are back where they were always meant to be
that we will recieve this rest,
I now understand a little more why
we are like U2's song,
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With or Without you.
We are so insatiable.
I know I am guilty of it;
so easy to be excited about the new toy
(for me the cell phone I got to save money
and be able to have a mp3 player to listen to
My spiritual father's explanation of how
the heart is searching everywhere
to be filled
has been with me ever since we had that conversation.
Is this what I have been waiting for!?!
All this time...
To learn to live in the presence of God
with a purified and realigned heart and mind...
O to continue on the road towards this!
(note I am not pretending to have it already...)
The weekend I was sick and missed church
I read the rest of the book
The Saint of our Century: The Life of St. Nektarios
that Sylvia also mentioned loving
a while back.
I was impressed with the humble family that
St. Nektarios lived with
and how they always kept their lampada lit.
I think of this now,
when looking at my lampada.
I read (do not remember where)
how a lit lampada (icon lamp) helps rise our soul to prayer.
Sometimes we just have to stop
and look up at our icons
the lit candles or lampada
and realize we need to pray,
that we need to remember God.
In other news,
Cleo invites others to come play with her.
Apparently I am not sufficing for her playful habits.
Personally, I was delighted to read my sister Rebecca's latest blog post
as God is blessing her and her husband's work in Romania.
I really miss my sister!
She and my brother-in-law are dear friends of my heart.
The other day my Mom and I were on speaker-phone together
while facebook-chatting with Rebecca,
teasing each other and just talking.
We have not really had that kind of family banter and conversation
for over a year,
(since I was not able to go home before they left for Romania)
so it was really refreshing.
how to remember God while studying French....
I have been thinking about Fr. Thomas Hopko's
very special podcast
Does God Play Favourites
and how we struggling Orthodox Christians
can have God's mercy and receive a "Saint's reward"...
so much of Pascha and the understanding of
God letting people come at the 11th hour
permeated this podcast.
I highly recommend it.
We have hope that the Lord will help us
and have mercy.
***this is re-posted as my pictures disappeared. I hope they stay this time; if they do not I am afraid I do not have time to redo this a third time...