Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way

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Saints who experience the power of prayer say it gives them wings to fly: wings of elation from being in proximity with Jesus Christ and relief from the burden of a sinful conscience. Once engulfed in the grace of the Holy Spirit, the person in prayer experiences death to sin, resurrection in the Spirit, and mystical ascension to the Father. The visible touches the Invisible, and joy wells up in the human heart. This volume evolved experientially: the fruit of fifty-five years of solitude by a contemporary desert monk besieged by prayer. Father Matta's prayer life initially was formed under the direction of the sayings of the Russian Fathers, and later expanded under the direction of other Fathers, both Eastern and Western. He spent whole nights in prayer, reciting one or two passages from these luminaries and begging these saints to enlighten his understanding. Father Matta discloses: Whenever physical hunger turned cruel against me, I found my gratification in prayer. Whenever the biting cold of winter was unkind to me, I found my warmth in prayer. Whenever people were harsh to me (and their harshness was severe indeed) I found my comfort in prayer. In short, prayer became my food and my drink, my outfit and my armor, whether by night or by day.

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Father Matta El-Maskeen (Matthew the Poor) is a monk in the Monastery of St Macarius the Great, Wadi El-Natroun, Egypt.

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Book Description St. Vladimirs Seminary Press January 2004, 2004. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. Because books on prayer are ubiquitous (an internet search returns 69,700 titles) one approaches them with skepticism, expecting to be assailed with more of the same-sincere and inspirational at best, trite and romantic at worst. This one is different. Matthew the Poor (Fr. Matta El-Meskeen), an Egyptian monastic called ''that rebellious monk'' for suggesting that inspiration and prayer should guide Church affairs, whose books are banned in Egypt, possesses what the singular pursuit of prayer alone confers: authenticity. The unmistakable voice of the Fathers lives in this contemporary ascetic. ''Prayer that is genuine and spiritual is both a [divine] call and a [human] response,'' he begins, and its efficacy hinges on the realization of one fact alone: the awareness that the soul ''is created in God's image.'' From that simple premise, the book opens into over 20 sections on various aspects of prayer-its ecstasy to its aridity, its foods to its fruits-with Fr. Matta's words introducing and commenting upon saints of the early Church and the desert, whose maximalisms remain a daunting, and sometimes discouraging, example to those who live in the world. The triumph and beauty of this text rests in the beauty of Fr. Matta-his compassion and understanding are so manifest that without diluting the difficulty of the path, nor obscuring its nuanced stages, he points the way to those who desire, and are willing to sacrifice for, an existence formed by the practice of unceasing prayer. So successful is it, one cannot read long before setting it aside. Far from justifying good intentions in florid prose, this book is near indispensable for those few who wish them squarely challenged. Like the tradition that has shaped him, Fr. Matta presents prayer to us ''not as a concept or as intellectual knowledge, but as experience and life.''. Bookseller Inventory # 142904

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