Year 3

Letter 50: Origen and the Stages of the Journey (Part 3)

Now we come to Origen’s final stage of the journey, the contemplation of God.

Letter 49: Origen and the Stages of the Journey (Part 2)

Bishop Kalistos Ware continues his exploration of the stages of the journey as follows:

Letter 48: Origen and the Stages of the Journey (Part 1)

We saw how Origen linked our two ways of being, active and contemplative, with Mary and Martha, but later he refines this and distinguishes three stages, which he calls‘ethics’, ‘physi

Letter 47: Origen and Scripture

Careful, contemplative reading of a short passage of Scripture is very much part of the Benedictine tradition. Many of us in the Community may finish our meditation period in this way.

Letter 46: The active and the contemplative life in Origen's Mystical Theology

As I explain in my introduction to the Chapter on Origen inJourney to the Heart: “Origen was a native Alexandrian, highly educated in Greek, Jewish and Christian wisdom.

Letter 45: The nature of the Divine

Early Christian Fathers stressed that we could not know God with our rational mind. No image, concept, or name could ever do justice.

Letter 44: Clement of Alexandria

How the early Church Fathers see this connection between our Martha and our Mary, between the‘ego’and the‘self’, our Divine spark, is best illustrated in the teaching of Clement o

Letter 43: St Paul

The teaching of Jesus, St John and Meister Eckhart brings out the importance of recognizing the two sides of our human nature.

Letter 42: The integration of the human and the Divine

The integration of the two sides of our character, the active and the contemplative, is seen in the Gospel of St John as the integration of our human and our Divine side, as exemplified by Jesus.

Letter 41: Jesus as a teacher of contemplation

In the following instalments of the‘Weekly Teaching’ I would like to share with you some extracts from‘Journey to the Heart’.