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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 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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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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Orthodoxy

Evolving Tradition

By David N. Bell

Orthodox Christianity—divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox—is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In this introduction to the tradition, the author presents "a reasonably wide-ranging account of modern Orthodox beliefs primarily for non-Orthodox readers," and by examining beliefs and attitudes common in the West, explores whether they can be accommodated to traditional Orthodox teachings. Includes an insert of icons in four-color! David N. Bell is Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Well known among Cistercian scholars for his studies of the Augustinian theology of William of Saint Thierry and the library holdings of medieval abbeys, he has also translated monastic works from Latin, Greek, and Coptic.

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The Lives of the Monks of Palestine

Cyril Of Scythopolis; Translated by R. M. Price; Introduction and notes by John Binns

The narrow stretch of desert between the Jordan Valley and the hill country of Judea drew great biblical prophets—Elijah and John the Baptist—and unforgettable christian ascetics. Our best source of information on this movement from AD 400-600 comes from Cyril's pen.

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"The Spiritually Beneficial Tales of Paul, Bishop of Monembasia"

Paul, Bishop of Monembasia; Translated, with an introduction and commentary, by John Wortley

The 'spiritually beneficial tales' of Byzantine Christianity grew out of the desert Apophthegmata. Written at a time, and at a social level, not remarkable for its literary output, the spontaneous and often naive tales shamelessly despoil the common treasure-house of the tradition while creating a new genre of spiritual admonition. Here readers enter the spiritual world of Paul, tenth-century bishop of Monembasia, 'a place of no particular importance'. Through his eyes we see the monastic and ecclesiastical world of ordinary tenth-century eastern Christians.

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The Spirituality of the Christian East

A Systematic Handbook

Tomás Spidlík; Translated by Anthony P. Gythiel

Professor-emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute at Rome, Tomas Spidlík dedicated his scholarly life to studying and teaching the theology and spirituality of the Christian East in the hope of reconciling Eastern and Western Christian traditions. In this encyclopaedic overview of Eastern spiritual teaching he has created a bridge by which Western Christians may pass over centuries of misunderstanding and obliviousness.

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The Monastic Rule Of Iosif Volotsky

New Revised Edition

Edited and Translated by David M. Goldfrank

The life and Rule of Iosif Volotsky (1439/1440-1515) reveal many of the contradictory forces at work within the medieval muscovite church and russian monasticism: social reform amid noble privilege, monastic austerity bounded by a despotic social structure. 'Non-possessor' reformers might advocate the renunciation of monastic villages and peasants universal manual labor, and hesychastic prayer, but Iosif defended liturgical formalism and the retention of lands and privileges as safeguards of monastic life. First published in 1983, this first English translation oF Iosif's rule has been revised to include in full both versions of Iosif's legislation: the Brief Rule and the Extended Rule. Bibliography and notes have also been expanded to incorporate new scholarship, some of it stemming from the recent remarkable revival of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Bearers Of The Spirit

Spiritual Fatherhood in the Romanian Orthodox Tradition

Nicolas Stebbing CR

Christians in various western traditions are re-discovering spiritual direction. Yet many have little experience of the living tradition of spiritual fatherhood. The book sets out to learn how Orthodox Christians understand and value their spiritual fathers. Both the people and the spiritual fathers who speak through these pages are part of an ancient tradition in a Church only recently emerged from decades of Communist harassment. While their experience of spiritual fatherhood is uniquely their own, it can be of help to all Christians who seek God by searching out a spiritual father, a bearer of the spirit who knows, and can help others to know, the living God. Nicolas Stebbing CR, a priest of the Community of the Resurrection, teaches at College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, Yorkshire and is engaged in retreat and ecumenical work.

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