Category Archives: Philokalia

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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Writings of the Fathers

To facilitate the training in preparation, the Fathers gave guiding instructions and helpful advice. The two principal Commandments include the absolute necessity, the duty, of Love, which for those practising the Prayer is more than essential. Continue reading

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Mindfulness of Death

the purging of impassioned thoughts from the heart embraces many of the Lord’s commandments. Continue reading

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Blessed Queen

Blessed Queen of the universe, you know that we sinners’ have no intimacy with the God whom you have borne. But, putting our trust in you, through your mediation we your servants prostrate ourselves before the Lord: for you can … Continue reading

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Secret Meditation

keep it always in your heart. Whether you eat or drink, or talk to someone outside your cell or on the way somewhere, do not forget to recite this prayer with a sober and attentive mind, … Continue reading

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Attentiveness

For if we acknowledged our blindness, we should not be condemned; it would be enough for us to be grateful and to admit our failure and ignorance. Continue reading

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Who has greater honor?

Consider how some of us endure even painful and dishonorable death all for nothing. .. Continue reading

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Love of God

he strips himself of any thought of his own dignity; and with a spirit of humility he buries in the depths of divine love…. Continue reading

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This Humble Desert-Dweller

for in their desire to see John the Baptist and in their wonder at his holiness they did not notice the hardships and discomfort. For holiness is held in higher honor than wealth; … Continue reading

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He must increase

The man who loves himself seeks his own glory, whereas he who loves God loves the glory of his Creator. Continue reading

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