Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Ponder in the Spirit" - Saint Symeon the New Theologian


When men Search for God with their bodily eyes they can find him nowhere, for he is invisible. But for those who ponder in the Spirit, he is present everywhere. He is in all, yet beyond all. In this, his salvation is near to those who fear him, but far away from sinful men.
Saint Symeon the New Theologian

This is the challenge of an Orthodox prayer life. Our relationship with God is of necessity beyond the physical attributes of this world. In prayer we need to lift our hearts up to this invisible realm. Stillness of mind, a pure heart, persistence, humility all lead us to the Spirit where we can do as Saint Symeon says, "ponder in the Spirit"

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