Monthly Archives: August 2013

Abba Poemen

Abba Poemen 35. Abba Poemen said, ‘Vigilance, self-knowledge and discernment; these are the guides of the soul.’ (From: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Benedicta Ward, P. 172) 60. He also said, ‘Poverty, hardship, austerity and fasting, such are the … Continue reading

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Abba Nicon

A brother asked one of the Fathers saying: ‘How does the devil present temptations to the saints?’ Continue reading

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Abba John the Dwarf

Abba John the Dwarf 34.  Abba John said, ‘I think it best that a man should have a little bit of all  the virtues. Therefore, get up early  every day  and acquire the beginning of every virtue and every commandment of … Continue reading

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Abba Agathon

‘The first accusations I take to myself, for that is good for my soul. But heresy is separation from God. Now I have no wish to be separated from God.’ Continue reading

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