Category Archives: St. Ilias the presbyter

The Three Virtues

17. The three most comprehensive virtues of the soul are prayer, silence and fasting. Thus you should refresh yourself with the contemplation of created realities when you relax from prayer; with conversation about the life of virtue when you relax … Continue reading

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Practice

4. Practice where the body is concerned consists of fasting and vigil; where the mouth is concerned it consists of psalmody. But prayer is better than psalmody, and silence is more valuable than speech. In the case of the hands, … Continue reading

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What lies within our power

61. Among the things that lie within our power are the virtues of prayer and silence; among the things that depend for the most part not on us, but on the constitution of the body, are fasting and vigil. Hence … Continue reading

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Distracted as by Frogs

But in the dispassionate there is silence and great quiescence of both thought and intellection during prayer. Continue reading

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