Jesus Rains

“The more the rain falls on the earth, the softer it makes it; similarly, Christ’s holy name gladdens the earth of our heart the more we call upon it.” St Hesychios the Priest, #41, p.169. “When combined with watchfulness and deep understanding the Jesus Prayer will erase from our heart even those thoughts rooted there […]

To Scorn All Vanities

“For if with God’s help we make progress daily by means of our watchfulness, we should not behave indiscriminately and damage ourselves through a host of random meetings and conversations.  On the contrary, we should scorn all vanities for the sake of the beauty and blessings of holiness.” – St. Hesychios the Priest, On Watchfulness […]

Recall the Eternal Fire

“Until a man is completely changed by repentance, he will be wise always to remember his sins with sorrow and to recall the eternal fire which they justly deserve.” – Evagrios the Solitary, On Prayer, chapter 144  Eternal fire. Judgment. Hell. Not the most attractive part of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.  The monks […]