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THOUGHTS FOR EACH DAY OF THE YEAR: ACCORDING TO THE DAILY CHURCH READINGS FROM THE WORD OF GOD

Author: ST. THEOPHAN THE RECLUSE #: 10257
In the present book, Thoughts for Each Day of the Year, St. Theophan takes us through the yearly cycle of Gospel and Epistle readings, humbly and reverently offering us brief but powerful daily meditations on the word of God. He also addresses the problems of his day—lack of faith, coldness of heart, trust in the rational mind rather than in the revealed Truth of God—which are problems of our day as well.

Price: € 22.59 £ 18.92 $ 24.84

SPIRTUALLY BENEFICIAL TALES OF PAUL, BISHOP OF MONEMBASIA

Author: #: 10258
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.

Price: € 23.78 £ 19.91 $ 26.15

DOROTHEOS OF GAZA: DISCOURSES AND SAYINGS

Author: DOROTHEOS OF GAZA #: 10259
A genial and insightful sixth-century monk, Dorotheos lets us glimpse a little of the life in his distant time and place. He doesn't write about theological abstractions, but about the passions and sins that every one of us recognizes in ourselves, monk or lay. He is an ideal spiritual master to introduce us into the rich spiritual universe of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria.

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ATHANASIUS: THE LIFE OF ANTONY AND THE LETTER TO MARCELLINUS

Author: #: 10260
"And it seems to me that these words become like a mirror to the persons singing them, so that he might perceive himself and the emotions of his soul, and thus affected, he might recite them. For in fact he who hears the one reading receives the song that is recited as being about him, and either, when he is convicted by his conscience, being pierced, he will repent, or hearing of the hope that resides in God, and of the succor available to believers—how this kind of grace exists for him—he exults and begins to give thanks to God."

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NIL SORSKY: THE COMPLETE WRITINGS

Author: #: 10261

Nil Sorsky (+1508), an influential spiritual writer whose major contribution to Orthodox Christianity was his bringing to ancient Russia the spirituality of the early Fathers and Mothers of the Desert. This is called the hesychasm spirituality of the heart, which finds the perfection of the human person in union with God through continuous prayer.

This first-time translation from Russian into English of Nil`s complete writings includes: The Tradition, The Rule, his letters (only four of which have actually been attributed to him) and his last will and testament. The Tradition is his earliest attempt to give his disciples a written but very simplified rule of skete monasticism, which he practiced on Mt. Athos. The Rule is an extended ascetical treatise on what Nil calls mental activity or, in today`s terms, perpetual or continuous prayer.

An informative introduction examines the significance of Nil`s spirituality and places it within the historical setting of 15th century Russia.

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THE TRIADS

Author: GREGORY PALAMAS #: 10262
Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) monk, archbishop, and eminent theologian was a major figure in fourteenth-century Orthodox Byzantium. His greatest work, In Defense of the Holy Hesychasts (commonly known as The Triads), was written between 1338 and 1341 as a response to the charges of the Calabrian philosopher Barlaam against the monastic groups known as hesychasts. Barlaam denied the legitimacy of their spiritual methods, which included the famous Jesus Prayer, and discredited their claims to experience the divine presence. Palamas devoted his career as a theologian to the defense of the truth central to hesychasm God is accessible to personal experience, because he shared His own life with humanity.

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AN EXHORTATION TO MARTYRDOM, PRAYER AND SELECTED WORKS

Author: ORIGEN #: 10263

Indeed, the soul is led by a heavenly love and desire when once the beauty and glory of the Word of God has been perceived; he falls in love with His splendor and by this receives from Him some dart and wound of love.”

— Origen

Origen (c. 185-254) was born in Alexandria close to the end of the second century. His life spanned the turbulent years during the collapse of the Roman Empire. He sought to rescue and transform what was best of the Roman world and to translate the Christian spiritual quest into a language intelligible to the thoughtful and educated nonbeliever of his day. Origen is one of the first and most important of the Christian mystics, and many of the great themes of spiritual literature can be traced back to him. The collected works in this volume represent the heart of Origen`s spiritual vision.

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THE SPIRITUAL COUNSELS OF FATHER JOHN OF KRONSTADT: SELECT PASSAGES FROM MY LIFE IN CHRIST

Author: #: 10265
The nineteenth century in Russia was a time of considerable religious revival. Many thousands of ordinary people of all classes and callings flocked to elders or startsi for spiritual, and also temporal, advice. These startsi, who exercised a remarkable ministry, generally were monks, but one of the most famous — Father John of Kronstadt — was not a monk, but a married parish priest, rector of a large cathedral in the naval port of Kronstadt. The practical and down-to-earth teaching of this charismatic Russian pastor reveals him as a man of action as well as prayer. His spiritual counsel brought mental, physical and spiritual healing to thousands during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Price: € 25.10 £ 21.02 $ 27.60

CONFERENCES

Author: JOHN CASSIAN #: 10266

If you wish to achieve true knowledge of scripture you must hurry to achieve unshakable humility of heart. This is what will lead you not to the knowledge that puffs a man up but to the lore which illumines through the achievement of love.

John Cassian

At the turn of the sixth century the Mediterranean world was witnessing the decline of Roman rule that had formed the bedrock of its civil order. During the chaos of those years, there arose in the deserts of Egypt and Syria monastic movements that offered men and women a radical God-centered alternative to the present society. Among the most eloquent interpreters of this new movement to western Europe was John Cassian (c.365 - c.435). Drawing on his own early experience as a monk in Bethlehem and Egypt, he journeyed to the West to found monasteries in Marseilles and the region of Provence.

The Conferences, is a study of the Egyptian ideal of the monk.

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GREGORY OF NYSSA: THE LIFE OF MOSES

Author: #: 10267
"Such an experience seems to me to belong to the soul which loves what is beautiful. Hope always draws the soul from the beauty which is seen to what is beyond, always kindles the desire for the hidden through what is constantly perceived…And the bold request which goes up the mountains of desire asks this—to enjoy the Beauty not in mirrors and reflections, but face to face."

—Gregory of Nyssa

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