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Toward Prayer: Reflections of a Coptic monk
« on: December 27, 2011, 10:01:59 AM »
An article about prayer by Father Seraphim el Baramosy, a Coptic Orthodox monk. It was published in the December edition of St. Francis Magazine. It's a great read!!

http://www.stfrancismagazine.info/ja/images/stories/Seraphim-alBaramousy_116-128.pdf

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Re: Toward Prayer: Reflections of a Coptic monk
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2011, 10:22:53 AM »
Looks very good. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Toward Prayer: Reflections of a Coptic monk
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 08:16:48 PM »
Such a wonderful article. Worth reading and re-reading! Thank you so much for sharing.

I like this part:  
"The real crisis is that we want a “computer-like” God to whom
we give some information in what we call a “prayer,” and then wait
for the answer, after which we “shut down” until there is another
need!!!  But prayer is more than a temporary tool used to impose our
will over God and then imagining an answer through signs and
tests put to Him."

Very true! I encourage everyone to read it :)
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Re: Toward Prayer: Reflections of a Coptic monk
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 06:39:01 AM »
I'm an acquaintance with this blessed monk. His talks and writings are really inspiring. He has a blog, but unfortunately he mostly writes in Arabic, which is much needed, but limits the circulation of his writings.

Another article written by him in English can be found here: http://towardgod.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/eucharist-and-unity-in-the-writings-of-saint-ignatius-of-antioch/

And BTW, Welcome to the forum :)
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Re: Toward Prayer: Reflections of a Coptic monk
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 08:17:12 PM »
Oh what a blessed and talented monk. Both of his writings are very inspirational.

"The church is the place where God meets His people. This meeting which takes place in the sacramental atmosphere of the liturgy, cannot accomplish its purpose unless the members of that one body; the church, are rooted in the same ground of love. Division, separation and isolation are vocabularies not found in the Divine Economy toward the Church."

This very much applies to my parish right now where there is so much internal division and separation.

Thank you for welcoming me and for sharing these wonderful articles!

In Christ,
Bytania
Do not want things to turn out as they seem best to you, but as God pleases. Then you will be free from confusion, and thankful in prayer.
~The Desert Fathers