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The Law of the Spirit

The Law of the Spirit

Re-establishing a Simple Prayer Rule

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Part two of a two-part series on prayer.

So this evening I would like to address the topic of re-establishing a simple prayer rule. I had spoken earlier about establishing a simple prayer rule. That was some time ago, and I’ve realized, given some of the feedback that I’ve been getting, that a sequel was necessary, and that sequel is the one that you’re hearing this evening. If, for example, you’ve tried to establish a simple prayer rule and you were unable to hold to it, or there…

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The Law of the Spirit

Allowing God to Transform Evil in Our Lives

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Yes, the question is about the choice that Adam and Eve made. They made a wrong choice, and evil came to be in the world. At the same time now that evil has come to be, people are suffering its consequences, which is absolutely right. What does all of this mean? Well, again, a related question could be: Why does God not remove all evil from the world? And it goes back to what I’ve just said about putting severe limitations on freedom and limiting the potential…

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What are the Manifestations of Akedia?

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The question is about akedia and its manifestations, and more specifically about choices we make. If we make a choice to move from A to B, does that demonstrate akedia, for example? We should understand akedia as a type of temptation. Sometimes when we are making wise and necessary choices, very often it is not because of akedia.

Akedia presents itself as being a deep dissatisfaction with everything in life. It’s…

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How Do We Deal With Thoughts (Logismoi) During Prayer?

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What should we do when thoughts come? The Psalms will help wash your heart of the distractions and you will reach the point where you can pray better.

What should we do when thoughts come? By thoughts, we have in mind what the Fathers call logismoi, distractions, iskushenie. Not just distractions, images, weird images, strange images. If you ever ask a monastic what they have to cope with when they’re praying they’ll tell you all kinds of wild stories about the images they get, really wild images they get when they begin to pray.

Some of it is a demonic attack. They’re…

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The Law of the Spirit

What Is Love In The Spiritual Life

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In this 2nd episode, Fr. Maxym addresses the question about love in the spiritual life.

I would like to refer to Saint Philaret of Moscow, a well known 19th century hierarch and one of the greatest preachers of course, of the 19th century in the Russian empire.

He called Christ “love crucified,” “love crucified.”

Of course, he understood full well that we can’t understand what love is without Christ, so, which could explain why people don’t know what love is in our society because if you try to find…

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