The Politics of Prayer

Practicing the Ignatian Examen

Edmund Lo, S.J.

Introduction

As Christians, we try to align our lives with the commandments of God, to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. That being said, what we desire may or may not be what God desires; God may or may not be at work when things go our way. God’s ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). Hence the quality of our lives and our inherent desires should not be gauged by worldly standards, but that of the Lord’s. Fair enough; but how do these translate into concrete, daily life matters? Continue reading

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Getting to Mt. Athos

Andre Forget

Orthodoxy.  The word has always had a strange taste in my mouth, as if it were an arcane branch of medicine or an obscure and ancient legal state of affairs.  Until this past year, when I moved naively to Istanbul on a vague and ill-defined search for an experience of the Other, my knowledge of Orthodoxy was almost purely academic.  I’d read Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World in my first year of university (and probably missed the point), and I’d had a few conversations with a former Anglican of my acquaintance who had gone on to be baptized Orthodox in his late twenties, but in my limited understanding of the Orthodox I thought of them as a sort of eastern Catholic – all liturgy and incense and icons.  I was to find out exactly how wrong I was, and how impoverished my understanding of global Christianity had been.  Continue reading