Orthodox Patristic & Church Fathers Works & Writings (93)
The son of a pagan father and a Christian mother, Saint Augustine spent his early years torn between conflicting faiths and worldviews. His Confessions, written when he was in his forties, recount how, slowly and painfully, he came to turn away from his youthful ideas and licentious lifestyle, to become instead a staunch advocate of Christianity and one of its most influential thinkers. A remarkably honest and revealing spiritual autobiography, the Confessions also address fundamental issues of Christian doctrine, and many of the prayers and meditations it includes are still an integral part of the practice of Christianity today.
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Evagrius was ordained deacon by Gregory Nazianzus and was a noted preacher at Constantinople. He was eventually condemned for his Origenistic views. However, he is a very important figure in the history of Christian spirituality. He was the first monk to write extensively on the spirituality of the desert, and his practical mystical theology greatly influenced Maximus the Confessor, John Climacus, John Cassian, Pseudo-Dionysius and Symeon the New Theologian.
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Sermons by Saint Gregory Palamas is the title of a new series, in which many of St. Gregory`s extant homilies are arranged thematically, principally for the benefit of the layperson interested in the rich Biblical tradition of the Church Fathers. Mary the
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These little, so to speak, booklets of St. Nicholai, Bishop of Zica, are not the average writings of just any educated theologian. They may be small in format, but they are great in subject matter; for they speak about the fundamental basics of Christian faith and life, the relationship between man and his neighbor.
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Saint Irenaeus was the first great Christian theologian. Born in Asia Minor in about 130 A.D., he became Bishop of Lyons and died as a martyr early in the third century. His main work, Adversus Haereses (Against the Heresies), is as relevant today as it was eighteen hundred years ago. It is a critique of Gnosticism, the `anti-body` heresy, which, far from dying out, continues to flourish as the main threat to the Christian faith in our own day. With serenity and good humor, Irenaeus unfolds the unity of God`s purpose in creation and redemption, in Old and New Testaments. The flesh and blood which Gnosticism so despised has been assumed by God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and glorified in the Resurrection and the Eucharist.
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With the practical aim of guiding the brothers at his monastery in the wilderness of northern California, Fr. Seraphim Rose set out to select and translate these counsels of Saints Barsanuphius the Great and John the Prophet, Desert Fathers of 6th-century Palestine. He found that many of the questions posed to Saints Barsanuphius and John were not unlike those asked by Christian strugglers of today. The answers of the saints expose the nature of the vices, and show how to overcome them and acquire virtue.
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