Fr. John Bethancourt, priest at Holy Trinity Church (Antiochian) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, spoke at St. Mark (OCA) in Rochester Hills, Michigan, the weekend immediately following Ascension. His topic was Orthodox anthropology, particularly as it pertains to the soul and the faculties within the soul: the Perceptive Power (Nous), Appetitive Power (Epithymia), and Incensive Power (Thymos). Fr. John gave three talks and also spoke at a men’s breakfast. The talks are described below:
The Apophatic Way, or way of “unknowing," leads to the greatest “knowing” of God and His Kingdom. It is complementary to the poetic path discussed previously. Instead of an upward movement, however, it is the movement downward to inner stillness through the use of the Jesus Prayer, watchfulness (nepsis), and silence.
June 19, 2014 Length: 1:20:52