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School for Prayer (13) Evagrius of Pontus (5) – The human person in Christ

By Fr Craig Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 Putting it Together According to Evagrius’ teaching, the human person, with its strengths and struggles, can be illustrated like this: How the Logismoi operate The Fathers, following Evagrius, outline a number of ‘stages’ in the struggle with the logismoi. 1.  Provocation – the logismos simply appears. 2.  […]

About Mystery

Let’s start with a brief exercise. Look back over your life and recall a time (or times) when you found yourself overwhelmed by a sense that you were part of something much bigger than yourself or that something happened to you that was like a gift coming from beyond yourself or an ordinary event briefly […]

Thursday 26 July

Sts Joachim & Ann, Parents of Mary Ecclesiasticus 44:1,10-15; Psalm 132; Matthew 13:16-17 While we have only legend to tell us that persons called Joachim and Ann were the parents of Mary, we can be sure that the parents of Mary, whatever their names, raised her lovingly and as a faithful Jewish maiden. As grandparents […]

Wednesday 11 July

St Benedict, abbot Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8,12; Psalm 105; Matthew 10:1-7 Seek the Lord and his strength How appropriate it is to pray Psalm 105 on the feast of St Benedict. He is known as the father of monasticism because he established a way of life combining work and prayer based on the psalms. In his […]

School for Prayer (12) – Evagrius of Pontus (4)

By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 Building up Resistance  Each of the logismoi is resisted or counteracted by a virtue or a good habit: To resist the logismos of Gluttony Be moderate in eating and drinking Undertake fasting from time to time or don’t eat between meals Do manual work Develop the habit […]

July Crossword

  Solution for June Across: 1 Cram, 3 Chaplain, 9 Oratory, 10 Error, 11 Exercise book, 14 Esq, 16 Least, 17 Eke, 18 Barbiturates, 21 Arena, 22 Aramaic, 23 Passed by, 24 Apse.  Down: 1 Closeted, 2 Agape, 4 Hay, 5 Presbyterian, 6 Aureole, 7 Norm, 8 Concelebrate, 12 Shalt, 13 Versicle, 15 Quakers, 19 […]

Thursday 21 June

St Aloysius Gonzaga Ecclesiasticus 48:1-14, Psalm 97, Matthew 6: 7-15 The addition We recite The Lord’s Prayer so often that we tend to rub the edges off the words. Being aware of this, we sometimes go back and pray the sentences we think important. Thy will be done. Give us our daily bread. Deliver us […]

Sunday 17 June

ELEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, Mark 4: 26-34 Jesus the Healer We usually associate the word ‘salvation’ with being rescued or redeemed; but the Latin ‘salve’ means also ‘to heal’. When we see Jesus as Healer, we become aware that this was the focus of his ministry. People […]

A School for Prayer (11) – Evagrius of Pontus (3)

By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 ‘Thoughts’ or logismoi are the most significant things for Evagrius of Pontus, and he considers that these are at the beginning of difficulties for anyone on the spiritual journey. What causes us trouble is not our feelings or even our actions, but first of all our thoughts. […]

Saturday 26 May

ST PHILIP NERI, priest James 5:13-20; Psalm 114; Mark 10:13-16 Like a little child Children are open and trusting. Their faith is simple and total. This is what Jesus wants us to return to. As we become worldly-wise we may also become cynical. Some lose faith and live in the ways of the world. James […]