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HOMILY 47 - Concerning Fasting, Dispassion, and Purity

Concerning Fasting, Dispassion, and Purity Fathers and Brethren: The present days of the holy fast are, among the other periods of the year, a calm haven to which all gather and find spiritual serenity; not only monastics, but laymen as well, the small and the great, those in authority and those in ... Read More

HOMILY 48 - Concerning Now We Should Adorn Our Eternal Habitation with Virtue

Concerning Now We Should Adorn Our Eternal Habitation with Virtue Brethren and Fathers! If anyone who is a layman wishes to construct a large and magnificent home, then he gives himself no rest either day or night, but labors, worries, and endures deprivation until he finishes the building of the ho... Read More

On Fasting

The third virtue is fasting. Fasting I call the eating of a little bit once a day. Getting up from the table when one is still hungry, having his food, bread, and salt, and his drink-water, which the springs themselves bring forth. Behold the royal way of receiving food; that is, many have been save... Read More

The Variety of Demonic Battles, and How to Cut Off the Entrance of Every Thought and Desire

Pay heed to yourself, O monk, sensibly and diligently, with a vigilant mind, as to when the demons come, by what means they catch one, and by what means they themselves are vanquished. Guard yourself with great caution, because every hour you walk in the midst of passions and nets. Everywhere the pa... Read More

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