The Inner Kingdom

Reflections on Prayer, Meditation, and Adoration

The Holy Scriptures call us to "pray unceasingly" (1 Thess. 5:16) and to "be still and know God" (Ps. 46:10). The following blog includes the insights and wisdom of Christian saints across the world concerning how to undertake this greatest of adventures.

July 21, 2020

+ Word Into Spirit +

I. Do You Want Grace? Embrace Shame


*The following notes are taken from The Sacrament of Reconciliation by Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou of Essex, compiled in Word into Spirit: Pastoral Perspectives on Confession.

 Becoming Aware of Personal S...

July 16, 2020

+ Word Into Spirit +

I. The Existential Encounter



*The following notes are taken from Word into Spirit: Pastoral Perspectives on Confession, a collection of articles compiled by editors Vasileios Thermos and Stephen Muse. I hope that the words offered bring insight i...

July 9, 2020

“No other human factor is such an aid to success as our firm and steady resolve and a carefully worked-out regime....It is incontrovertible proof that regulation in life is the main factor in spiritual progress” ~ St. Joseph the Hesychast.

“The more you understand the...

June 2, 2020

“No other human factor is such an aid to success as our firm and steady resolve and a carefully worked-out regime....It is incontrovertible proof that regulation in life is the main factor in spiritual progress” ~ St. Joseph the Hesychast.

“The more you understand the...

May 30, 2020

Sacraments of Time and Community

    How can you learn to pray? You have to understand the sacramentality of time and community. The Church is God’s presence on earth, transforming all humanity and all earthliness. Everything that we are is caught up and made new, lik...

May 19, 2020

+ The Divine Office: Sacrament of Time +

“Learn to sing psalms, and thou shalt see the delightfulness of the employment. 
For they who sing psalms are filled with the Holy Spirit” ~ St. John Chrysostom


4. Why Do Orthodox Have Such Long Services?



    “This service is...

May 13, 2020

+ The Divine Office: Sacrament of Time +
“Learn to sing psalms, and thou shalt see the delightfulness of the employment. 
For they who sing psalms are filled with the Holy Spirit” ~ St. John Chrysostom


III. You Are Starved Without the Psalms


“These ancient prayers, bor...

+ The Divine Office: Sacrament of Time +

“Learn to sing psalms, and thou shalt see the delightfulness of the employment. 
For they who sing psalms are filled with the Holy Spirit” ~ St. John Chrysostom


1. Attaining a Mind Like Christ’s Mind



    If you want to think lik...

+ The Divine Office: Sacrament of Time +

“Learn to sing psalms, and thou shalt see the delightfulness of the employment. 
For they who sing psalms are filled with the Holy Spirit” ~ St. John Chrysostom


1. Inspiration in Paschaltide



Recently, as I prayed Lauds during...

February 17, 2020

+ Spirituality from the Desert: St. Isaac the Syrian +

“Treasure of all good things: Grant Thou me perfect repentance and a fervent heart that I may wholeheartedly come forth to seek Thee. Without Thee, I will become estranged from all good things. Therefore, grant Th...

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