Learn of Jesus Christ to Pray

“Do not pray for the fulfillment of your wishes, for they may not accord with the will of God. But pray as you have been taught, saying: Thy will be done in me. Always entreat Him in this way – that His will be done. For He desires what is good and profitable for you, […]

If You Have Friends . . .

“If you have friends, avoid constant meetings with them. For if you meet only on rare occasions, you will be of more help to them. And if you find that harm comes through meeting them, do not see them at all.  The friends that you do have should be of benefit to you and contribute […]

Fear and Love

“No one can love God consciously in his heart unless he has first feared him with all his heart.” St. Diadochos of Photiki, On Spiritual Knowledge, #16 I do not fear God with all my heart.  Instead, I fear people.  This troubling realization came to me two weeks ago as I read Jesus’ words in Luke […]

Clinging to Stillness

“If you find yourself growing strongly attached to your cell, leave it, do not cling to it, be ruthless. Do everything possible to attain stillness and freedom from distraction, and struggle to live according to God’s will, battling against invisible enemies……Be like an astute business man; make stillness your criterion for testing the value of […]

Lose a Little in the Transaction

“When buying or selling you can hardly avoid sin.  So, in either case, be sure you lose a little in the transaction.” – Evagrios the Solitary, On Asceticism and Stillness – My wife and I are in the process of buying a house.  We have been blessed with the ability to do so, and are […]

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