Kallistos Ware, Stand-Up Comedian

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To contemplate nature, then, is in Blake's phrase to cleanse the "doors of our perception," both on the physical and on the spiritual level, and thereby to discern the energies or logoi of God in everything that he has made. It is to discover, not so much through our discursive reason as through our spiritual intellect, that the whole universe is a cosmic Burning Bush, filled with the divine Fire yet not consumed. … [Read more...]

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Perhaps apatheia can best be translated "purity of heart." It signifies advancing from instability to stability, from duplicity to simplicity or singleness of heart, from the immaturity of fear and suspicion to the maturity of innocence and trust. … [Read more...]

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Our aim in the life of prayer is not to gain feelings or "sensible" experiences of any particular kind, but simply and solely to conform our will to God's. "I seek not what is yours but you," says St Paul to the Corinthians (2 Cor 12:14); and we say the same to God. We seek not the gifts but the Giver. … [Read more...]

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Watchfulness means, among other things, to be present where we are--at this specific point in space, at this particular moment in time. All too often we are scattered and dispersed; we are living, not with alertness in the present, but with nostalgia in the past, or with misgiving and wishful thinking in the future. --see also! … [Read more...]

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Thirdly, the gift of the Spirit is a gift of diversity: the tongues of fire are "cloven" or "divided" (Acts 2:3), and they are distributed to each one directly. Not only does the Holy Spirit make us all one, but he makes us each different. At Pentecost the multiplicity of tongues was not abolished, but it ceased to be a cause of separation; each spoke as before in his own tongue, but by the power of the Spirit each could understand the others. For me to be a Spirit-bearer is to realize all the … [Read more...]

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Asceticism is not self-enslavement but the way to freedom. Man is a tangled mesh of self-contradictions; only through asceticism can he gain spontaneity. … [Read more...]


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