The Fruit of Silence: The Jesus Prayer as a Foundation to the Art of Spiritual Life

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Edward Kleinguetl was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and also served the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic). Over the years, Deacon Ed has been extensively involved in parish missions and retreats for varying age groups, both in the United States and China. He has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including works on the Jesus Prayer and theosis. In connection with his interests on these topics, he has been on pilgrimage to Egypt to St. Antony’s monastery (twice) and the monasteries of the Wadi al Natron, and to Mt. Athos in Greece. Deacon Ed holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 3, 2007 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In secular life, Ed is a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, working in Financial Advisory Services, specializing in merger integration and divestitures.

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The Antidote for a Hostile Environment. The cooling of faith is a reality. It appears that we as a country have become so progressive that we no longer need God. Christians are feeling increasingly like outsiders. How do we remain grounded in Gospel values? Christ himself described the two ways and that few will find the narrow gate (see Matt. 7:14). There is no middle way or compromise with the spirit of the age. Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin Mei spent 30 years in solitary confinement for refusing to compromise with the prevailing culture. His advice in the face of inhospitality was this: “Practice prayer, which is the most subversive of liberties; it can never be taken from you, and is a source of power and strength. Train yourself in prayer. Begin now, so that you are a fit, skilled practitioner when the need arises.” As a Church, it is time to return to basics, The Art of Spiritual Life, an essential component of which is prayer. The Jesus Prayer is a proven technique for turning hearts to God. It is the oldest form of contemplative prayer originating in the Early Church. We encourage our fellow pilgrims to a renewal in the spiritual life, practicing prayer to keep our feet steady on the narrow road. “Prayer and silence will save the world.” – Robert Cardinal Sarah

Introducing Thomas O. Aladi, author of The Road Leading Back To Zion: Homecoming For Abraham’s Chosen Offsprings

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Thomas O. Aladi, is from Urualla, Ideato North Local Government Imo State, Nigeria. He attended Three Rivers Community College Missouri USA and Norfolk State University earning a BSC degree in Electronic Technology Engineering.  “I view myself and others as traveling merchants searching for the finest pearl – scriptural truth that will set us free from years of being misled away by the wicked from the real truth of our God’s revealed words. Thanks to our God for fulfilling his promise to pour out his spirit on us in the last days of our tribulations in order to make his words known to us. All can be liberated by accurate understanding of what is written down in the bible if they are willing to search for the knowledge stored in the books and seek the help of the God behind the things written. This book will assist and provide to all sincere seekers of truth how to and ways to attain the knowledge that will set them free – John 8:32. The understanding revealed in this book is of the Holy Spirit sent from our God to help us to know of the things He has done, is doing and will soon bring to completion.

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The Road Leading back to Zion is a unique, harmonious and clear presentation of the bible’s message to the chosen ones of Israel of God and humanity. For them to have understanding of the things hiding from long ago by our God, which is now being revealed that we may fear the God who is doing all things known from old. The understanding of the true God and his activities have never been presented crystal clear as is done in this book. From the things our God foretold long ago; to the words of the Messiah, our leader and the words of his first century disciples, we see the light of God’s words as it shines as a lamp showing us where we are standing in the stream of time. As a light to our road way it shines to guide us to our destinations. Our destination solely depend on what we do with the understanding of the true God who is doing all things as He foretold from beginning. The true God decides whether you will be preserved alive or put to death. He decides who is on top today and who is at the bottom tomorrow. He decides who will inherit his territorial land/kingdom. Yes his decisions and heart counsels of long ago still stands to be carried out.