Category Archives: Philokalia

I hymn Thy birth

Forgive me my boldness… in Thy compassion Thou wilt grant to me, as Thou dost to all who long for Thee, the strength to imitate Thy life in the flesh… Continue reading

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Make His Paths Straight

For the true fulfillment of the commandments demands that we do neither too little nor too much but simply pursue a course acceptable to God… Continue reading

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Keep Silence

For human society does not permit the intellect to perceive either its own faults or the wiles of the demons, so as to guard itself against them. Continue reading

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A Commander

But we who are still engaged in the war …. we must have a commander and helmsman Continue reading

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Holy Martyrs

you did not endure your trials in the hope of a reward, but out of love for God, Continue reading

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A Rule of Prayer

You cannot as yet defend yourself in this manner; but always meditate inwardly and say the daily prayers laid down by the holy fathers. By this I mean, try to recite the Third, Sixth, and Nineth Hours, Vespers and the … Continue reading

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Pray ceaslessly

Whether it is at night or during the day that ….. put aside your own rule, and reach towards God with all your strength, cleaving to Him. Continue reading

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Spending time with God

Our intellect often finds it hard to endure praying because of the straightness and concentration which this involves.. Continue reading

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The heavenly mountain

Come, all peoples, and believe. Let us climb the holy and heavenly mountain; free from materiality, let us stand in the city of the living God and behold with our intellect the immaterial godhead of the Father and the Spirit … Continue reading

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The level of Good Thoughts

When one has attained the level of good thoughts, one should take extreme care to keep these points in mind, lest out of negligence or conceit one is deprived of God’s grace, as St Isaac says: When God-given thoughts increase … Continue reading

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