Receiving Christ and satan

I ran across a quote today from St. Cyril of Alexandria that really grabbed my attention.  I read it in a pamphlet at a Roman Catholic bookstore.  I did a quick google search to see if I could track down the exact source of the quotation—chapter and verse, so to speak.  I don’t like quoting sources that I have not tracked down myself and verified.  However, although this quote appears in many…

convolvulus arvensis 

Every spring I muse on the weeds in my garden.  A particularly demonic weed (from my perspective) is convolvulus arvensis: Bindweed.  Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it.  The only way to get rid of it completely is to kill everything using something like Roundup—and that’s only if it has not flowered.  If it has flowered and produced seeds, well then you are looking at 20 years of volunteer bindweed. I am not…

Avoiding and Getting Out of Pits

I When many of the Fathers of the Church warn us to keep active and aware, they are not speaking of physical actions and good works—although good works are always good to do.  By staying active, they are referring to the action of the nous or of the mind/heart: active in the inner man.  We stay active in our nous through constant prayer, often by learning to constantly recite a short prayer, most commonly,…

Mourning For Sins

Some one asked me recently, “What does ‘mourning for your sins’ look like?” Below is what I answered. It is only my best guess. Certainly those with more experience would know better. There is a sorrow, a godly sorrow, that leads to repentance. This sorrow is for sins (specific misdeeds or attitudes, or mistakes or failures) that I have committed. This sorrow (when it is rightly experienced) leads to repentance. However, there…