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The Blind Man

But what shall we say, we who are not attentive at all? We are like the Pharisees. Some of us may fast and keep vigil and perform other such things, and we may often do this with partial understanding. But … Continue reading

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What do human beings do?

38. Abba Daniel said that the holy Arsenius told the brothers the following story as if it were about someone else, although it was obvious that it was himself who had had this vision: “One of the seniors,” he said, “suddenly … Continue reading

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His loving kindness

48. Yet do not think that we fall into fantasies or other passions at God’s will. God allows this to happen because of our negligence, and in His loving kindness and for our salvation, leads us to humility by means … Continue reading

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Be Humble

41.  The  Lord  wishes  you  to  regard  every  man  as  superior  to yourself.  Show  obedience  to  your  staretz (spiritual father) in  all  things  and  do  all that  he  tells  you,  whether  it  refers  to  food  or drink  or  some  other … Continue reading

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Virtues

we must intensify our struggle, so that we may attain the virtues that are set before us… Continue reading

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God’s Company

This practical love of neighbour gives meaning to the characteristic monastic desire to belong entirely to God, which is constantly reaffirmed in these stories. “No human friendships,” teaches Macarius the Great: it is God’s company that must be sought. Restricted … Continue reading

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The Power of God

For the greatest things of all no language can explain … Continue reading

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Drawing near the boat

For not when the condition which harasses us first begins, does the grace of Him who saves visit us, but when the fear is at its height, Continue reading

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How to reach peace?

4· One man reaches peace in the Lord by his godly labour; another attains the same by humility. But you should strive to obtain peace in return for both the one and the other, when anger has died in your … Continue reading

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When Prayer is to be preferred to service?

We should without fail accept the necessary duties that are imposed by the Providence of God; but we should lay aside needless tasks, preferring prayer, and especially when these tasks entice us into extravagance and lust for money. For the … Continue reading

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