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.

December 3, 2019

+ Retreat into Advent: Lamps in the Quiet +

O heavenly king, the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph forsook their homes on the road to Bethlehem. Teach us to forsake the vanity of this world and retreat to the quiet of the soul. O sweet savior, the shepherds waited in the...

December 3, 2019

+ Retreat into Advent: Lamps in the Quiet +

O heavenly king, the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph forsook their homes on the road to Bethlehem. Teach us to forsake the vanity of this world and retreat to the quiet of the soul. O sweet savior, the shepherds waited in the...

July 19, 2019

Words from Matta El Meskeen

Practicing Presence with God
“Very few people spend any time practicing being with God. Fewer still enjoy the great blessing, by God’s grace, of interior prayer. Interior prayer is, in fact, the fruit of the spiritual life. It is a return o...

July 19, 2019

Words from Matta El Meskeen

Meditation fills our hearts with God
“Meditation is the key to all graces. It makes him who practices it biblical in every thought, word, and feeling. He also becomes advanced in every gift and full of divine understanding. When he opens hi...

July 19, 2019

Words from Matta El Meskeen

Prayer is a Human Response to a Divine Call
“Prayer that is spiritual and genuine is both a call and a response: a divine call and a human response. This definition of prayer rests on an important fact: Prayer does not reach its power and e...

July 19, 2019

Words from Matta El Meskeen

The Life of Matta El Meskeen (1919-2006)

Matta, later tonsured with the name of Fr. Matthew, was a key figure in the revival of Egyptian monasticism in the twentieth century. He was a theologian, and author of 181 books on biblical exegesis, l...

July 19, 2019

Seize with Violence
“If you pray only when you are inclined to, you will cease praying altogether; this is what the flesh desires. The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence. You will not be able to work out your salvation without forcing yourself…It is necessary continu...

July 19, 2019

Union with God
“The problem of our life is union with God, and sin completely prevents this; therefore flee from sin as from a terrible enemy, as from the destroyer of the soul, because to be without God is death and not life. Let us therefore understand our destinatio...

July 19, 2019

Not satisfied
“Thou, O God, hast opened wide to me Thy trust and Thy verity…I have studied the laws regulating the mind of man…I have penetrated in part into the mysteries of nature…I have many books of very varied contents; I have read and re-read them, but still I am...

July 19, 2019

Comprehension of Spiritual Warfare

St. John: “Once ordained a priest and pastor, I soon learned through experience with whom I had entered into combat in my spiritual arena, namely with the powerful, cunning, unsleeping prince of this world, who breathes evil and perdit...

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