The late monk the very Rev Father Mettaous el Souriany was a great pillar of monasticism, both or the Sourian Monastery and across the monastic life in general. He came to the monastery at a young age of 22, and lived in the monastery for 60 years in moderate asceticism and true spirit of worship. He lived in a humble cell in the monastery, and when the opportunity arose, he built his own cell close to the eastern wall of the monastery’s garden in the early 1960’s and continued to live there until his departure. His spiritual exercises were very moderate, as he always said: “The middle pathway has delivered many people without many struggles.” He cared deeply about the depth of spiritual virtues, and was not concerned with extreme fetes of asceticism. This book contains stories from his life and some of his sayings, praying that it will be a source of blessing to everyone who reads it.
By H.G. Bishop Youssef
“The orientation of the monk is towards heaven, towards the life of another world. For this reason they are referred to as ‘earthly angels’; for while dwelling on earth they live as true citizens of heaven. To visit them is to visit the earthly paradise.” – The Sayings of the Desert Fathers “Angels are a [...]
As word of the wisdom and purity of the Desert Fathers and Mothers spread throughout the Roman Empire, Christians streamed to the caves of these hermits, seeking counsel on the interior life. The hermits’ ascetic practices and teachings were a shining witness to a living faith – offering wisdom for both monastic and lay Christians. [...]
Monastic Treasures for All of Us gathers together a collection of homilies and lectures given by the Thrice-Bless Pope Shenouda III of blessed memory, the 117th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Although these homilies were delivered to monastic communities, the spiritually nourishing teachings reflect on biblical teachings that are applicable to all [...]