Tag Archives: Discernment

When Prayer is to be preferred to service?

We should without fail accept the necessary duties that are imposed by the Providence of God; but we should lay aside needless tasks, preferring prayer, and especially when these tasks entice us into extravagance and lust for money. For the … Continue reading

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Perfection according to St. Anthony

All these things which you have mentioned are indeed needful, and helpful to those who are thirsting for God, and desirous to approach Him. But countless accidents and the experience of many people will not allow us to make the most important of gifts consist in them. Continue reading

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An Abba of Rome

AN ABBA OF ROME (This is almost certainly Arsenius) 1. There was a monk from Rome who lived at Scetis near the church. He had a slave to serve him. The priest, knowing his bad health and the comfort in … Continue reading

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Abba Poemen

Abba Poemen 35. Abba Poemen said, ‘Vigilance, self-knowledge and discernment; these are the guides of the soul.’ (From: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Benedicta Ward, P. 172) 60. He also said, ‘Poverty, hardship, austerity and fasting, such are the … Continue reading

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Abba Nicon

A brother asked one of the Fathers saying: ‘How does the devil present temptations to the saints?’ Continue reading

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Abba John the Dwarf

Abba John the Dwarf 34.  Abba John said, ‘I think it best that a man should have a little bit of all  the virtues. Therefore, get up early  every day  and acquire the beginning of every virtue and every commandment of … Continue reading

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Abba Agathon

‘The first accusations I take to myself, for that is good for my soul. But heresy is separation from God. Now I have no wish to be separated from God.’ Continue reading

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Eulogius the Priest

Then he instructed him in discernment of thoughts and in controlling all the merely human in himself. So he became more balanced and ate whatever was brought him and learnt how to work in secret. Continue reading

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