Category Archives: St. John Climacus

A True Shepherd

A genuine teacher is he who has received from God the tablet of spiritual knowledge, inscribed by His Divine finger, that is, by the in-working of illumination, and who has no need of other books. Continue reading

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A frog with the water

sometimes without noticing it bring up a frog with the water, and so in acquiring the virtues we often get involved in the vices that are imperceptibly entwined with them. Continue reading

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Doctrine of Christ

38. Contrition is one thing, self-knowledge is another, humility is another.  39. Contrition is the result of a fall. He who falls is crushed and stands in prayer without boldness but with praiseworthy persistence, as one who is shattered, steadying … Continue reading

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A high degree of purity

60. Someone told me of an extraordinarily high degree of purity. He said: ‘A certain man (St. Nonnus bishop of Heliopolis) on seeing a beautiful body, thereupon glorified the Creator, and from that one look he was moved to the … Continue reading

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What is the gravest sin?

The man who repents of heresy is at once cleansed by turning to God with his whole personality. Continue reading

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What is prayer?

Psalm 72:22-26 LXX And I was despised, and did not know; I became like a beast before You. And I am continually with You; You hold fast my right hand; With Your counsel You guide me, And with glory You … Continue reading

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Many causes of tears

32. Many of the Fathers say that the question of tears, especially in the case of beginners, is an obscure matter and hard to ascertain, as tears are born in many different ways. For instance, there are tears from nature, … Continue reading

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Withdrawal from the world

All who have willingly left the things of the world, have certainly done so either for the sake of the future Kingdom, or …. Continue reading

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A Director, A Helper, A Physician

That is why those who have surrendered themselves to God deceive themselves if they suppose that they have no need of a director… Continue reading

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About a robber who repented

That true physician replied: ‘For two reasons: firstly, in order to deliver the penitent himself from future shame by present shame; and it really did that, … Continue reading

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