Hesychasm & St. Gregory Palamas
Fr. Paul Jannakos
The Jesus prayer, we all know. “O Lord, Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” But what tends to be overlooked, especially by those of us here in America, is that one must gain a certain stillness in order to experience the wonderful blessings of the Jesus prayer, or any other prayer for that matter. The teaching of the Church is that in order for prayer to become perfected, i.e., for prayer to become what it is meant to be, it must spring forth as a well of grace from deep within the heart.
We come to confession not to be judged…
When we come to Confession we come to meet a friend face to face. We are not coming to be judged and condemned. We do not come in terror of what will happen. We come to the One who, being God, beyond suffering, beyond death, has chosen, for the love of us, to become Man, to take upon Himself all our human destiny and to give His life for us. His life, His death are to us evidence that we are so loved of God that we can come up to Him whether we are good or bad with hope that He will receive us with open arms. [READ MORE HERE]