Category Archives: St. John Cassian

AD 360 – 435

The Three Stages

IF then any one is aiming at perfection, from that first Stage of fear which we rightly termed servile … he should by advancing a step mount to the higher path of hope … Continue reading

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The Coins of the True King

things, although they are opposed to our salvation and to our profession, yet when covered with a sort of veil of compassion and religion, easily deceive those who are lacking in skill and care.. Continue reading

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Treasures on Earth

and so daily and hourly turning up the ground of our heart with the gospel plough, i.e., the constant recollection of the Lord’s cross,… Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven

but the immediate aim or goal, is purity of heart….let us direct our course as straight towards it as possible, Continue reading

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The kinds of trials

We find, it is true, a fourth way also in which we know on the authority of Scripture that some sufferings are brought upon us simply for the manifestation of the glory of God and His works, according to these … Continue reading

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Lasting Purity of Heart

for if it be not constantly: fixed before our eyes, it will not only make all our toils vain and useless, and force them: to be endured to no purpose and without any reward, but it will also excite all kinds of thoughts Continue reading

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The Goal

The end of our profession indeed, as I said, is the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven: but the immediate aim or goal, is purity of heart, without which no one can gain that end: fixing our gaze … Continue reading

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Prayer is a vow

PRAYERS are those by which we offer or vow something to God, what the Greeks call evki, i.e., a vow…… We pray, when we renounce this world and promise that being dead to all worldly actions and the life of … Continue reading

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Not to ask for other things

HOW WE OUGHT NOT TO ASK FOR OTHER THINGS, EXCEPT ONLY THOSE WHICH ARE CONTAINED IN THE LIMITS OF THE LORD’S PRAYER YOU see then what is the method and form of prayer proposed to us by the Judge Himself, … Continue reading

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True Purity

Humility of soul helps more than everything else, however, and without it no one can overcome unchastity or any other sin. Continue reading

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