The Angel of Light and Spiritual Discernment in the Orthodox Tradition

Nun Macaria

The knight in John Keats’ poem, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”, with his fatally naive fascination for the supernatural, has much in common with today’s spiritual seeker. The knight is described as being “at-arms,” that is, prepared for battle or for some high adventure… Like the knight in John Keats’ poem, one can be seeking merely out of desire for an adventure or out of boredom. Such an approach to spiritual life is already a kind of delusion.

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Mother Macaria Corbett is a nun living at St. Xenia Metochian in Indianapolis where she manages St. Seraphim Bookstore.