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Spiritual Direction In The Early Christian East

Irénée Hausherr SJ; Introduction by Bishop Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia; Translated by Anthony P. Gythiel

In a day when psychological counseling sometimes passes as `spiritual direction', this book reminds us that early Christians--like Eastern Christians still today--were convinced that only someone with long and deep experience in prayer and discipline can dare to lead others along the way to God.

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Histories of the Monks of Upper Egypt and The Life of Onnophrius

Paphnutius; Translation and Introduction by Tim Vivian

The desert stood in stark opposition to the oikoumene, the inhabited world of the fourth century. Not because the world was a bad place, but because the desert —understood geographically, religiously, spiritually, and mystically — was the harsh, uncomprising place where the Christian could be perfected by God. Far from the Christian metropolis of Alexandria, removed from the well-known and much–visited monastic settlements of the Thebaid, and infintely remote from Rome, lay the garrison towns of Aswan and Philae. There Christians and pagans coexisted. Integral to the christian community on this desert frontier of Empire were the local monks–ascetics, intercessors, comtemplatives, and miracle workers.

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The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian

Hilarion Alfeyev; Foreword by Kallistos Ware

From the Foreword by Kallistos Ware, Bishop of Diokleia—Isaac the Syrian, also called Isaac of Nineveh, lived and wrote during "the golden age of Syriac Christian literature" in the seventh century. Cut off by language and politics from the Churches of the Roman Empire and branded "Nestorian," the Church of the East produced in isolation a rich theological literature which is only now becoming known to outsiders. Yet over the centuries and in all parts of Christendom, Isaac's works have been read and recommended as unquestionably orthodox.Now, at last, to my great delight, we have at our disposal a single book in English, offering us a balanced and comprehensive overview of Isaac's life, background and teaching. Wisely, Fr. Hilarion Alfeyev has allowed Isaac to speak for himself. The book is full of well-chosen quotations, in which Isaac's true voice can be heard.Saint Isaac of Syria was an ascetic, a mountain solitary, but his writings are universal in scope. They are addressed not just to the desert but to the city, not just to monastics but to all the baptized. With sharp vividness he speaks about themes relevant to every Christian: about repentance and humility, about prayer in its many forms, both outer and inner, about solitude and community, about silence, wonder, and ecstasy. Along with the emphasis that he places upon "luminous love"—to use his own phrase—two things above all mark his spiritual theology: his sense of God as living mystery; and his warm devotion to the Saviour Christ.

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Handmaids Of The Lord

The Lives of Holy Women in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

Selected and translated by Joan M. Petersen

Throughout the christian world, women have chosen to lead disciplined lives of prayer and asceticism. Descriptions of early role-models—Macrina, the two Paulas and Melanias, Radagunde—and others by contemporaries, usually men, provide details of their austerities, their aspirations, and their relationship with the Church and the world, not least with male authority figures.

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Discourses and Sayings

Dorotheos Of Gaza; Translated by Eric Wheeler OSB; Introduction by Chrysogonus Waddell OCSO

A shrewd observer, a master psychologist, an accomplished raconteur, Dorotheos is also a learned man with a prodigious capacity for assimiliating in an organized harmony the wisdom of his precedessors in the life of the Spirit. Yet he is far more interested in humbly serving his brethren than in discoursing about the recondite aspects of the hescyhast experience. His genial candor makes him the ideal spiritual master to introduce modern readers to the rich spiritual universe of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria.

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Prayer

The Spirituality of the Christian EastVolume 2

Tomás Spidlík SJ; Anthony P. Gythiel, Translator

This second volume on Eastern Christian spirituality amplifies in depth the final two chapters of the earlier The Spirituality of the Christian East: A Systematic Handbook. Like Cassian in writing his Conferences, Cardinal Spidlík does not advocate any particular pattern of prayer, but sets out faithfully to collect and share the teachings of generations of eastern monks and spiritual writers.

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The Praktikos & Chapters On Prayer

Evagrius Ponticus; Translated, with an Introduction, by John Eudes Bamberger OCSO

The living link through whom the ascetic principles of hellenistic philosophers passed into monasticism, Evagrius molded Christian asceticism through his own works and through his influence on John Cassian, Climacus, Pseudo 'Denis, and Saint Benedict.

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The Life of Shenoute

Besa; Translated, with an Introduction, by David N. Bell

Shenoute of Atripe, ranked second only to Pachomius for his contribution to the development of egyptian monasticism, is all but unknown outside the coptic tradition. This first english translation of his Life, by his disciple and successor, casts new light on the austere monasticism of the fifth century.

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The Spiritual Meadow

John Moschos,Translated by John Wortley

'I have plucked the finest flowers of the unmown meadow and worked them into a row which I now offer to you', wrote John Moschos as he began his tales of the holy men of seventh-century Palestine and Egypt. This translation offers readers contemporary insights into the spirituality of the desert.

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The Sayings Of The Desert Fathers

The Apophthegmata Patrum: The Alphabetic Collection

Translated, with an Introduction by Benedicta Ward SLG; Foreword by Metropolitan Anthony [Bloom] of Sourzah

`Give me a word, Father', visitors to early desert monks asked. The responses of these pioneer ascetics were remembered and in the fourth century written down in Coptic, Syriac, Greek, and later Latin. Their Sayings were collected, in this case in the alphabetical order of the monks and nuns who uttered them, and read by generations of Christians as life-giving words that would help readers along the path to salvation.

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The Life of Isaac of Alexandria & The Martyrdom of Saint Macrobius

Mena Of Nikiou; Translated and annotated by David N. Bell

Separated by schism from greek and latin Christians and surviving under arab-islamic suzerainty, the Church of Egypt produced insightful saints and heroic martyrs in a chapter in church history now opened to readers of English for the first time.

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A History of the Monks of Syria

Theodoret of Cyrrhus; Translated by R.M. Price

An apologist, an exegete, and a champion of antiochene christology, Bishop Theodoret presents an austere ideal of holiness which Syrian Christians found irresistible.

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The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life

Translated, with an introduction, by Sebastian Brock

From the semitic-aramaic spirituality of the early Church to the hellenized theological vision of later centuries, the syrian tradition offers modern Christians an intensity, insights, and an immediacy rare in the West.

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Drinking From The Hidden Fountain

A Patristic Breviary. Ancient Wisdom for Today's World

Thomás Spidlík; Translated by Paul Drake

Sparkling in the ancient texts of the Fathers of the Church—the bishop, monks and theologians who wrote during the first formative six christian centuries—is a fountain of wisdom overflowing with spiritual nourishment for the world today. By presenting a passage for meditation each day through the year, the volume offers an introduction both to the Fathers and to monastic lectio. It speaks not only to the individual seekers but also to those who guide others along the paths of the spirit.

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Other Writings Of Saint Pachomius And His Disciples

Volume 3

Translated and annotated by Armand Veilleux OCSO, Foreword by Adalbert de Vogüé OSB

A translation of all existing documents from the cenobitic monasteries of Pachomius (292-346).

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