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Prayer is impossible

Here is another section I have transcribed from Fr Seraphim Aldea's talk on Elder Sophrony. This section begins at about 22:00 .It is likely that I will end up transcribing the whole thing eventually. I find it that important.
Prayer is impossible.
If you define prayer as "meeting god in a relationship face to face, being person in front of person and interacting" then prayer is impossible.
Because what does it really mean that you are face to face with God? It means nothing. That's the reality of it.
Beyond metaphors, beyond nice theological writings, it means nothing.

Face, for Fr Sophrony and for the whole tradition before him, is another word for hypostatis or prosopon. It simply means face indeed, but there is a whole meaning beyond that hypostatis or person. And ultimately, as Fr Sophrony repeatedly says, we are not as yet hypostatical beings in this life. We are not yet persons. We are not in this life who we are supposed to be. We are in the process of becoming wh…

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