The lesson of love can never be taught simply by words . . . Rather, it is taught by truly giving yourself and communicating the love and longing for Christ to those you serve. . . . How awesome and dignified is Christian service! And how good is the trustworthy and loyal servant who can [...]
Philokalia, The Bible of Orthodox Spirituality Brings the Orthodox spirituality of the Philokalia out of the monastery into everyday living. Addresses the relevance today of the subjects covered by the Fathers of the Philokalia, i.e. Vigilance (nepsis), Ascesis, Overcoming the Passions, etc. It is not a book for theologians but for the average Orthodox lay [...]
Orthodox spirituality for everyday living. The many practical methods of practicing God’s presence described in this book are drawn from the lives of countless saints in the rich experience of the Church through the centuries. Designed to help you enrich your spiritual life.
The gospel of the second mile represents pro-active Christianity; it grants the one who follows it excellent spiritual energy through joy, love, faith, courage, and sacrifice through serving others.It protects such a person from being passive, selfish, fearful, worried, mean spirited, deprived, and frustrated.
Confronting and Controlling Thoughts According to the fathers of the Philokalia Orthodox spirituality places great emphasis on thoughts (logismoi) since everything we do begins in the mind. The Fathers of the Philokalia have much to teach about confronting and controlling thoughts. Since the average person experiences 4000 thoughts each day, the experiences of these Fathers [...]
A Beginner’s Introduction to the Philokalia This beginner’s guide to the great five-volume classic of Eastern Orthodox spirituality studies the many concepts addressed in the Philokalia. Each chapter focuses on a single spiritual concept explaining it as simply as possible. Chapters include: Watchfulness (Nepsis), Logismoi (Thoughts), Ascesis, Theosis, The Passion, Stillness (Hesychia), the Jesus Prayer, [...]
Christ’s Comfort for Those Who Sorrow “…we entrust the souls of our dear loved ones who have passed on into the Presence of One who is Love.” In Christ’s love are our loved ones welcomed and in His love are we comforted. Through the voices of our Savior, our Fathers, and those who have faced [...]
Our relationship with God is personal as well as communal. Jesus is personal as well as cosmic. God is imminent as well as transcendent. He is the God of persons: The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Much has been written about the communal, liturgical aspect of Orthodoxy. Drawing upon the rich resources of Sacred [...]
This spiritual classic was written by Lorenzo Scupoli, a sixteenth-century Venetian priest. Immensely popular in its own day, it was ranked by Francis de Sales with the Imitation of Christ. In the general rapport between Western and Eastern Christendom, it reached Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, who first recognized its immense spiritual worth, and later, [...]
Titus Flavius Clemens Alexandrinus (ca. A.D. 150-215) wrote the Stromateis, possibly the third work in his trilogy: the Protrepticus, the Paedagogus, and the Stromateis, to direct Christian Gnostics toward the third stage of philosophy gnosis. For Clement the only true gnosis was that which presupposed the faith of the Church, that is, apostolic and divinely [...]
A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith BY: Peter E. Gillquist After a long and difficult journey, 2000 weary evangelical Protestants finally found their way home. This is the story of a handful of courageous men and their congregations who risked stable occupations, security, and the approval of lifelong friends to be obedient to God’s [...]