Psalm 91 is one of the most recited Psalms in history, especially at the moment of adversity. It is also known as Soldier’s Prayer. Reciting this particular chapter, we feel protected and encouraged. Even some people believe the power of protection on the battlefield at the very moment of fight. Beyond such belief and pep … Continue reading Psalm 91
One of the well-known Delphic maxims is "Know thyself." It should be the first question that we have to ask ourselves, and the ultimate inquiry that we keep on pondering throughout our lives. "Know thyself" is one of the crucial signs that we have self-consciousness. Hearing this maxim in Delphi, we naturally ask ourselves who … Continue reading Know Thyself
In the tradition of the Benedictine monastery, the daily activities of the monks could be these three categories. People join the monastic community primarily to devote themselves to these three. Liturgical prayerManual laborLectio Divina The liturgical prayer is the foundation of their spiritual life. With this practice, they ensure to keep and inherit the traditions … Continue reading Pray, Work, and Read
What is the difference between believing in God and believing God? According to Meister Eckhart, the former is far greater than the latter. When we believe in God, we don’t expect anything in return from Him save for His will alone. On the other hand, when we believe God, which means more like trusting a … Continue reading Thy Will Alone
At the last moment on the Crucifixion, the Gospels recorded the words of Jesus. In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, "It is finished." And in the Gospel of Luke, "Father, into thy hands, I commend my spirit." From these words, we could see the perfect faith of Jesus himself. Even at the very last … Continue reading Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
After Jesus got baptized by John the Baptist, the Spirit led him to the wilderness where he fasted forty days and nights. And he felt hungry. Being fully human, therefore, Jesus suffered like us humans. He became lower than the angels like us humans. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than … Continue reading Until the Angels Minister Us
If we would go back to the stricter tradition, Advent is the season for fasting just like Lent. Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches still observe this tradition - fasting for 40 days before Christmas. Advent is from the Latin word, Adventus, which means coming or arrival. And traditionally, we should anticipate and reflect on these … Continue reading The Imitation of Christ