This publication presents a new translation of the letter of Abba Antony the Great along with commentary in which Abba Antony the Great teaches the importance of one to know themselves and by knowing oneself one knows God. He says, “Truly, my beloved, “I write to you as to wise men” (cf. 1 Cor. 10:15), who have been able to know yourselves. For he who knows himself knows God and he who knows God, is worthy to worship Him as is proper. My beloved in the Lord, know yourselves! For those who know themselves know their time, and those who know their time are able to stand upright, and not be moved about by diverse tongues”
As we, Christians of the twenty first century, study the Fathers of the Church, their writings (often in an unreadable English produced by clumsy translators) appear to us as foreboding, verbose, and somewhat closed within a world where theological contemplation replaces everyday reality. The Greek Fathers in particular have this reputation among students because they [...]
Journeys in Ancient and Modern Egyptian Monasticism Give me a word, Father. From the time of Saint Antony ‘at least ‘younger monks would ask older, experienced monks, abbas or ammas ( ‘fathers ‘ or ‘mothers ‘), for a saving word, for advice, for wise counsel on how to live. In this book, Coptic scholar and [...]
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 [...]
The narrow stretch of desert between the Jordan Valley and the hill country of Judea drew great biblical prophets ‘Elijah and John the Baptist ‘and unforgettable christian ascetics. Our best source of information on this movement from AD 400-600 comes from Cyril’s pen.