Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer-A Journey Through Eastern Monasticism
The DVD contains many brief interviews with monks as well as film footage of the Divine Liturgy and the monks at prayer. The video moves along as a travelogue, peppered throughout with nuggets of knowledge explaining the development and expansion of Eastern monasticism. It is not overly doctrinal and focuses equally on the historical and biographical elements of the monks and monasteries as it does on the “Jesus Prayer.” The spiritual messages given throughout apply to Catholics as well. The first being that we all need to devote time to silence, where we can offer our heartfelt prayers up to the Lord. The second is realizing that this will lead us to being able to see God and remain in prayer with Him in our everyday lives, whether we are at work or at home.
The book supplements the video nicely and goes into more detail in some places than the DVD does and I really enjoyed them both. If you want to break away and enjoy a spiritual journey to these astonishing places then I cannot recommend them more. Go to MysteriesoftheJesusPrayer.com for more information. I ran across the book first in Barnes and Noble. I then ordered the DVD from the website and got it in about a week. Enjoy!