Published February 29, 2012
Christ , prayer , vision
- St. Ignatius Brianchaninov
St. Ignatius Brianchaninov’s concluding words from the book
On the Prayer of Jesus:
“By our attentive prayer let us seek to turn the gaze of our mind to ourselves so that we discover within ourselves our sinfulness. When we discover it, let us stand mentally before our Lord Jesus Christ in the company of the lepers, the blind, the deaf, the lame, the paralyzed, the possessed; and let us begin our mournful cry of prayer before Him from the poverty of our spirit and from a heart crushed with sorrow for our sinfulness.
Let this cry be infinitely abundant. . . . .
. . . . let it be clothed in the brief but meaningful prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
from On the Prayer of Jesus, from the Ascetic Essays of Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov, translated by Father Lazarus, forward by Bishop Kallistos Ware. New Seeds: Boston & London, 2006. pp. `139-40.
The Book: http://www.mybookmonlivre.com/On-The-Prayer-of-Jesus-Ignatius-Brianchaninov.php
Chapter One in audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE-LbzdXogE
On Bishop Ignatius: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_Bryanchaninov
For more on the Jesus Prayer: http://www.orthodoxprayer.org/Jesus%20Prayer.html
Published February 25, 2012
accessibility , foundational , gifts , vision
St. Medard, Bishop of Noyon, France, is counted as an intercessor for persons with mental illness. A very godly child, he was, reluctantly, ordained a bishop at age 33. He was, apparently, a very zealous and popular bishop.
But there are few details known of his life. He is known for having been protected under the wings of an eagle during a rainstorm as a child. He is commonly depicted as laughing, with mouth wide open.
If I may be so bold to speculate as to why he is counted as an intercessor for people with mental illness, I wonder if his being sheltered from the elements as a child relates him to the fools for Christ who, feigning madness, live in the open, and, like Christ, have no place to lay their head, as well as to all who, for true lack of mental health, are homeless.
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medardus & http://saints.sqpn.com/saintm23.htm
Source of picture: http://jfelker.blogspot.com/2011/05/prayer-to-st-medard-patron-saint.html
St. Valentine was a priest in Rome who was martyred in the year 259 A.D. He had defied Emperor Claudius’ decree that no marriages were to take place (so young men would be free for a war effort) and was found out and arrested. Claudius, after hearing that St. Valentine was making converts in prison, after a blind girl was healed through his prayers, had him tortured, beaten, and beheaded. He is counted as an intercessor for persons with epilepsy. (Personally, though, given the fact that he healed a blind girl in prison, I would ask his intercessions if I had visual impairments.)
Mary Pier, the daughter of my Parish Priest, on St. Valentine’s Day: http://www.antiochian.org/1274
Source of icon: http://albionfourthrome.blogspot.com/2011/02/st-valentine-of-rome.html
So much is going on there; so this is just the first installment.
In addition to their primary focus on prayer, the mothers and fathers at this monastery care for people who are hurting, sick and disabled. The most needy are at their psychiatric units (one for adults and another for children) and their tuberculosis ward. Please access the online sites listed below and hear their descriptions of these ministries. I cannot do them justice.
inscription on her tomb
St. Philomena was a young woman who was martyred for Christ long ago. Her tomb and relics were discovered in 1802 in the catacombs of Rome. In 1805 her relics were enshrined in a Roman Catholic Church in the village of Mugnano, near Naples, Italy. Miracles and answers to prayer began to occur for those who asked the Holy Martyr Philomena’s intercessions. She is counted as an intercessor for persons with mental illness, bodily ills, prisoners, lost causes, and many other concerns.
http://www.stphilomenapa.org/Church/The_Story_of_St._Philomena.htm & http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-philomena/
Source of image of inscription: http://www.leblogdelabergerie.com/prayers/Philomena.htm