Many thanks, everyone.
I'm guessing this is probably an "ask your priest" question...
...but to what level are catechumens expected to observe Lent? It strikes me that those who are in the Church can receive the Eucharist each Sunday, and also during the week during Lent, for spiritual sustenance during the fast, but obviously catechumens and inquirers can't avail ourselves of that extra support.
(You might be able to guess from the question that I'm finding Lent hard, especially as, due to having to be on hand for my sick wife almost 24/7, I've not been able to leave her long enough to attend a single service for about 2 months now.)
Most of the ascetics of the Western Church proclaimed there as the greatest of saints – after its apostasy from the Eastern Church and after the retreat of the Holy Spirit from it – prayed using the above mentioned way and reached visions, of course, false. These imaginary saints were in a terrible demonic delusion. The delusion naturally arises on the basis of blasphemy that perverted the dogmatic faith for the heretics. The behavior of the Latin ascetics, filled with delusion, was always like frenzy, because of extraordinary corporal, passionate excitement. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Order of Jesuits, was in this state. His imagination was so excited and sophisticated that, as he claimed, he could only wish and use some effort, and at his request either hell or heaven appeared before his eyes. The vision of heaven and hell were not produced solely by the action of human imagination; an act of human imagination alone is not enough for this: the vision was accomplished by the action of demons attaching their abundant action to insufficient human action, mating action with action, action to replenish the action on the basis of free will of a man, who chose and assimilated himself a wrong direction.
1. What is Orthodox Church's opinion on those Catholic titles mentioned above? As far as I know they present point of view on certain doctrinal issues (e.g. Purgatory) that is incompatible with Orthodox beliefs.
2. Are there any Orthodox mysitcs or visionaires who have written books that we can place in one of these two groups or something similar? That we can perceive as divinely inspired?
- do those books teach someting which is contradictory to RC teaching? (this issue is most important for me)
Jordanville's full-size Psalter for Prayer is lovely though rather bulky. They have also a pocket edition that I haven't laid eyes on.I was thinking about these ones exactly. I have the pocket edition, it's beautiful indeed, but it can't stay open if one isn't holding it still, so that's a minus.
The Old Orthodox Prayer Book from the Church of the Nativity in Erie is quite nice.