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.
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How did the monks of the Egyptian desert fight against the demons that attacked them with tempting thoughts? How could Christians resist the thoughts of gluttony, fornication, or pride that assailed them and obstructed their contemplation of God? According to Evagrius of Pontus (345 ‘399), one of the greatest spiritual directors of ancient monasticism, the [...]
Written by Fr. Raphael El-Baramousy of Blessed-Memory, this book lays out the principles of the monastic life as has been handed down by the great monastic fathers of the desert. Monastic life declares to the whole world the possibility of living a life of purity and righteousness on this earth despite all its worldly temptations. [...]
The Life and Conduct of the Holy and Blessed Teacher Synkletike By St. Athanasius the Apostolic The first accurate English translation of this classic work, it presents a brief account of St. Synkletike’s early years and her initial monastic struggles. There then follows a lengthy discourse on her teachings, which are presented as though she [...]
Witness To Holiness : Abba Daniel of Scetis Abba Daniel, priest, monastic superior and model of holiness in the austere world of desert monasticism, lived in the sixth century. Some dozen stories about him, and a few sayings attributed to him, have survived in Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Coptic, and Ethiopic. This dispersion attests to his [...]
The Scent Holiness Lessons from a women’s monastery Every monastery exudes the scent of holiness, but women’s monasteries have their own special flavor. Join Constantina Palmer as she makes frequent pilgrimages to a women’s monastery in Greece and absorbs the nuns’ particular approach to their spiritual life. If you’re a woman who’s read of Mount [...]
This is an exceptional book, one of the most amazing and edifying Lives of modern holy elders ever to be translated into English. Elder Porphyrios, a Greek monk and priest who died in 1991, stands in the long tradition of charismatic spiritual guides in the Eastern Church which continues from the apostolic age down to [...]