Choosing Wheat or Tares

“Just as it is impossible to stop a watermill from turning, although the miller has power to choose between grinding either wheat or tares, so it is impossible to stop our mind, which is ever-moving, from having thoughts, although it is within our power to feed it either with spiritual meditation or with worldly concerns.” […]

The Demon of Avarice

“The demon of avarice…is extraordinarily complex and is baffling in his deceits.  He pretends to be a steward and a lover of the poor…he makes us mentally visit prisons in the city and ransom those on sale as slaves.  After deceiving the soul…he engulfs it in avaricious thoughts and then hands it over to the […]

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 […]