“The Hidden Man of the Heart” (Pt 6)

Prayer as Infinite Creation

Prayer = proof of being [created] in the image and likeness of God.

Communication, Man with God, was broken in the Fall. The Son of God came in the flesh to re-establish, continue, the communication.

Prayer accompanies Man by accomplishing his salvation.

Man, of himself, is not a true source of life.

Faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ constitutes a beginning of relationship with the Divine.

Our one concern = not to lose such a goal.

Prayer bears fruits of repentance.

Crucified, hence freed, the mind turns itself over to the Lord — descends into the heart.

Contemplation of Christ strikes the soul with amazement.

I must let Christ know my deformity; I cannot see him unless I let Him see myself.

“He must increase – but I must decrease.”

Transition from psychological to the ontological level.

“Love acts like a transformer” (in every stage).

— uses every sensation, received from created worls, to intensigy his dialogue with God.

Christ didn’t turn his attention horizontally. Rather, He turned to the Father: “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Charismatic despair gives wing to prayer.

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These terse notes were taken during the annual Clergy Retreat for the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, February 6-9, 2007. The retreat was led by Archimandrite Zacharias of the Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist in Tolleshunt Knights-by-Maldon, Essex, U.K. These are my notes and were filtered through my poor faculties. Any and all errors theological are mine. Forgive me.

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