In the Orthodox spiritual tradition prayer has a broad, comprehensive and profound meaning.
Stories from the Gospel. Sunday of Orthodoxy. John 1:43-52.
Spiritual Gems from the Divine Liturgy: “It is time [Kairos] for the Lord to act.”
Eastern asceticism aims at divesting the mind of all that is relative and transitory, so that man may identify with the impersonal Absolute.
The term spirituality is used very loosely in our culture. But Orthodox spirituality has a very specific meaning.
Asceticism is a key part of Orthodox Spirituality. It is not a negative activity but a most positive one.
Saint Theophan the Recluse says, that the aim of an Orthodox Christian is “a living unity with God.” This referred to as “theosis.”
There was an incident in the life of St Spiridon of Trimythous: he arrived at the Cathedral, but the caretaker would not let him in.
Christians, remember what God is, and that He looks not only on your works, but also on your very thoughts and intentions, and that you are not able to hide anywhere or anything from Him.
Endure the trial of yourself and your own faults and sins peacefully, serenely, because you know that God’s mercy is greater than your wretchedness.