prayer of the heart...hesychasm


#1

Hello.

Would anyone like to discuss
the prayer of the heart? We might
include the Philokalia, The Way of the Pilgrim,
the Orthodox view of the nature of hesychasm.
Best regards,
reen12


#2

Hmmmm…were you thinking of discussing all four volumes of the *Philokalia *or just a subset? Rather than jump into such a heady experience, perhaps just a discussion of the Jesus Prayer itself might be of some benefit. Once that is accomplished then one could consider The Way of the Pilgrim followed by selections from the Philokalia. Of course, that’s not really hesychasm, it’s just an aspect of it.

Still, on this Second Sunday of Great Lent we do remember St. Gregory Palamas.

Deacon Ed


#3

Dear Deacon Ed,

Thank you for responding to my post. While it

may constitute a heady experience [nowhere’s

near, in my estimation, the heady experience of the

work of Teresa of Avila or John of the Cross] my thought

was to emphasize the criticality of the Philokalia with reference to

the prayer of the heart, and perhaps make it more well know to

possible participants in the thread, or to learn

more about the prayer of the heart and hesychasm

from other participants.

Perhaps you’d be willing to begin such an

enterprise by helping me to understand your

statement: " Once that is accomplished then one could consider

The Way of the Pilgrim followed by selections from the Philokalia.

Of course, that’s not really hesychasm, it’s just an aspect of it."

What aspect of hesychasm is not covered in the Philokalia?

Are you talking about the concept of uncreated light, the writings

of St. Gregory Palamas? Hesychasm as a method of prayer

versus hesychasm as a theological position?

I look forward to your clarification and further explication,

if you have the interest.

Best regards,

reen12


#4

If you run a search using the word hesychasm, you’ll find previous threads on this topic. It may not be interesting to read everything but some posts are excellent and others provide links to web articles.


The Jesus Prayer in Irish:
A Thiarna Iosa Chriost, Mac De, dean trocaire orm-se peacach


#5

Dear Fr. Ambrose,

Thanks for your kind response. Since the topic
has been covered earlier, I will not pursue it.
I should have checked the search function
before I started it.
Best regards,
reen12


#6

[quote=reen12]Thanks for your kind response. Since the topic
has been covered earlier, I will not pursue it.

[/quote]

Topics tend to be repeated as new people come onto the Forum and each time round something new emerges.


#7

Dear Fr. Ambrose,

Thanks for your kind words.

Would you help me, please, in understanding
the concept of “uncreated light”. Isn’t that
a part of the theology of Gregory Palamas, or
have I got it wrong.

reen12


#8

[quote=reen12]Would you help me, please, in understanding
the concept of "uncreated light
[/quote]

Father Deacon Edward has some good posts on this question in the “Divinization” thread
forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=31983


#9

Dear Fr. Ambrose,

Thanks very much.
reen12


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