This series is a testimony to the Spirit breathing where He wills.” America John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent edited and translated by Colm Luibheid and Norman Russell notes on translation by Norman Russell, preface by Kallistos Ware “Prayer is the mother and daughter of tears. It is an expiation of sin, a bridge across temptation, a bulwark against affliction. It wipes out conflict, is the work of angels, and is the nourishment of everything spiritual.” John Climacus (c. 579-649) The Ladder of Divine Ascent was the most widely used handbook of the ascetic life in the ancient Greek Church. Popular among both lay and monastics, it was translated into Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Old Slavonic, and many modern languages. It was written while the author (who received his surname from this book) was abbot of the monastery of Catherine on Mount Sinai. As reflected in the title, the ascetical life is portrayed as a ladder which each aspirant must ascend, each step being a virtue to be acquired, or a vice to be surrendered. Its thirty steps reflect the hidden life of Christ himself. This work had a fundamental influence in the particularly the Hesychastic, Jesus Prayer, or Prayer of the Heart movement. Pierre Pourrat in his History of Christian Spirituality calls John Climacus the “most important ascetical theologian of the East, at this epoch, who enjoyed a great reputation and exercised and important influence on future centuries.
Separated by schism from greek and latin Christians and surviving under arab-islamic suzerainty, the Church of Egypt produced insightful saints and heroic martyrs in a chapter in church history now opened to readers of English for the first time. Coptic Church Tradition
By H.G. Bishop Youssef
The Holy Bible differentiates between the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Though distinct from each other, yet once again interrelated and interdependent in the sense that misusing and abusing the first will result in loss of the second and vice versa. Abusing the gifts of the Holy Spirit occurs when believers draw cold in their [...]
Although many virtues found residence with the Mother of God, yet when it comes to simplicity, St. Mary immediately stands conspicuous and a sole source of inspiration and reference. In the book of the Song of Songs we read, “There are sixty queens And eighty concubines, And virgins without number. My dove, my perfect one, [...]