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Saint Athanasius of Alexandria: Life of Saint Anthony

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Saint Athanasius of Alexandria: Life of Saint Anthony

The life and conversation of our holy Father, Antony: written and sent to the monks in foreign parts by our Father among the Saints, Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria. Athanasius [1] the bishop to the brethren in foreign parts.

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“… and do not forgive us our trespasses…”

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“… and do not forgive us our trespasses…”

One brother from Libya came to Abba Silouan, at Mount Panepho, and told him: Abba, I have an enemy who did many evils to me. He trampled upon my field, when I was still in the world, and many times he planned to harm me. Now, furthermore, he put poisons to poison me. So I intend […]

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa: Against Fate

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa: Against Fate

[M.145 & J.31] You certainly recall the occasion when, if I may speak in accord with the Gospel, the great mountain of faithlessness in your midst was recently transformed into faith (cf. Mt 17.20). In his old age the most wise Eusebios pondered over the [M.148] necessity of human intention and what seems to be […]

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa: On Perfection

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa: On Perfection

[J.173 & M.252] You manifest a determination to know how you can perfect your life in accord with virtue so that through all events you may succeed in being blameless in life. I would especially like good examples to be found in my own life for offering instruction in facts rather than in theory. I […]

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Homily One: Saint Gregory of Nyssa on Saint Stephen the Protomartyr

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Homily One: Saint Gregory of Nyssa on Saint Stephen the Protomartyr

How lovely is the inspiration exhibited by those who are good, and how sweet is the joy which they disclose! See, we acquire a feast from a feast and grace from grace. Yesterday the Lord of the universe welcomed us whereas today it is the imitator [Stephen] of the Lord. How are they related to […]

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Saint Isaac the Syrian: On the proper way to face sorrows

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Saint Isaac the Syrian: On the proper way to face sorrows

Just as the eyebrows approach each other, so are the temptations close to men. It was the economy of God to be so, with wisdom that we may receive benefit: namely, through knocking persistently, because of the sorrows, on the door of God’s mercy and to enter into your mind, due to the fear of […]

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Saint Gregory Palamas on the Transfiguration

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Saint Gregory Palamas on the Transfiguration

For an explanation of the present feastday and discernment of its truth, it is necessary for us to turn to the very start of the present-day reading from the Gospel: “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James and John his brother, and leadeth them up onto an high mountain apart” (Mt. 17: 1). First […]

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Saint Leo the Great on the Transfiguration of the Lord

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Saint Leo the Great on the Transfiguration of the Lord

I. Peter’s confession shown to lead up to the Transfiguration The Gospel lesson, dearly-beloved, which has reached the inner hearing of our minds through our bodily ears, calls us to the understanding of a great mystery, to which we shall by the help of God’s grace the better attain, if we turn our attention to […]

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Saint Anastasios of Sinai on the Transfiguration of the Lord

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Saint Anastasios of Sinai on the Transfiguration of the Lord

Upon Mount Tabor, Jesus revealed to his disciples a heavenly mystery. While living among them he had spoken of the kingdom and of his second coming in glory, but to banish from their hearts any possible doubt concerning the kingdom and to confirm their faith in what lay in the future by its prefiguration in […]

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Avoiding Attachment to Material Things

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Avoiding Attachment to Material Things

One of the fathers related of Abba John the Persian that his great charity had brought him to a profound innocence. He dwelt in Arabia of Egypt. One day he borrowed some money from a brother and bought some flax for his work. Then a brother came and asked him, “Abba, give me a little […]

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Letters of Saint John Chrysostom to Olympias

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Letters of Saint John Chrysostom to Olympias

Letters to Olympias. 1. To my lady. The most reverend and divinely favored deaconess Olympias, I John, Bishop, send greeting in the Lord. 1. Come now let me relieve the wound of thy despondency, and disperse the thoughts which gather this cloud of care around thee. For what is it which upsets thy mind, and […]

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Saint John Chrysostom on Prophet Elias and the Widow of Sarepta

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Saint John Chrysostom on Prophet Elias and the Widow of Sarepta

What shall we say of the widow in the Old Testament in the time of the prophet Elias? For the risk she ran was not of poverty, but even of death and extinction, and not her own only, but her children’s too. For neither had she any expectation of receiving from others, but of presently […]

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