Our Father: A Reflection on Spiritual Abuse.

Last time, we looked at how calling on God as our heavenly Father is a daring thing to do.  Today, I want to look at the little pronoun, “our.”  Jesus taught His disciples to pray “Our Father in heaven,” not “My Father in heaven” nor just “Father in heaven.”  It’s “Our Father in heaven.”  [Yes, I know that Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer omits the “our.”  However, the version of the…

Fear, Doubt and Closed Doors

While the tomb was sealed, You shone forth, O Life. While the doors were closed, You came to Your Disciples, O Christ God, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all. Dismissal Hymn for Thomas Sunday As I have sung this hymn over and over again for the past few days, I have begun to think about what it means for…

Finding A Spiritual Father

Elder Porphyrios I received an e-mail yesterday from someone asking advice on how to find a spiritual father.  I had to tell him that finding a spiritual father, in one sense, is very difficult and may take a lifetime.  In fact, if by finding a spiritual father he means that he is looking for a relationship with a spiritual mentor that is like what one reads about in the Philokalia or the…