Text Box: The Jesus Prayer. By - Her Royal Highness, Princess & Nun Ileana of Romania.
I had often read about the Jesus Prayer in books and heard it in church services, but my attention was first drawn to it some years ago in Romania. There in the small Monastery of Sâmbata, tucked away at the foot of the Carpathians in the heart of a deep forest, its little white church reflected in a crystal-clear mountain pond, I met a monk who practiced the ‘Prayer of the Heart’.  The Jesus Prayer, or the Prayer of the Heart, centers on the Holy Name itself. It is: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me [a sinner].’ The power of the prayer lies in the calling on the Name of Jesus. The Prayer is outstandingly Text Box: spiritual because it is focused wholly on Jesus: all thoughts, striving, hope, faith and love are outpoured in devotion to God the Son. The Fathers developed around this sacred invocation a method of contemplation in which unceasing prayer became as natural as breathing, following the rhythmic cadence of the heart-beat. The Jesus Prayer is the core of mysticism, and it can be used by anyone, at any time. There is nothing mysterious about this (do not confuse ‘mysterious’ with ‘mystic’). We start by following the precepts and examples frequently given by our Lord. First, go aside into a quiet place: (Mk. 6:31); and seek to be quiet ( 1 Thess. 4: 11); and then pray in the secret of your heart. In the Jesus Prayer we do not even meditate on Text Box: the words; we use them only to reach beyond them to the essence itself. In our busy lives this is not easy, yet it can be done. We can, each of us, find a few minutes in which to use a prayer consisting of so few words. It should be repeated quietly, unhurriedly, thoughtfully. Each thought should be concentrated on Jesus, forgetting all else, both joys and sorrows. Any stray thought, however good, can become an obstacle. Think the prayer as you breathe in and out; calm both mind and body, using as rhythm the heartbeat. Do not search for words, but go on repeating the Prayer, or Jesus’ name alone, in love and adoration. That is all!  But how strange— for in this little thing, there is more than all! It is good to have regular hours  ….      ( see p.3)           
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Christians intertwined everywhere as never before, no side can unilaterally win a conflict between more than half of the world's inhabitants.’ The scholars argued that Islam and Christianity already agreed that the love of God and charity for the neighbor were the two most important commandments of their faiths. Such a basis  of reverence was surely better ground for mutual understanding and respect than allowing fundamentalists on either side to foster the diatribes of hate.