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Prayer: Kyrie Eleison

In my last article, I wrote about the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. I want to continue to focus on this parable and our great need for mercy. In this parable we read the words that gave birth to an Orthodox Christian prayer, the Jesus Prayer. In the liturgy of the Church, the Jesus Prayer began with the Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy). And the prayer grew. Part of the prayer comes from the parable itself when the tax coll...

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Solitude: Domesticate Me

Society is shipwrecked. This is not something new from the last 50 years, however; it has always been so. Most of us are caught up in that shipwreck. Salvation is the escape from it, and this escape is solitude. The Desert Fathers understood this. In The Wisdom of the Desert, Thomas Merton says:

Society . . . was regarded by [the Desert Fathers] as a shi...

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