Matthew The Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life, pp.128-201

“Give up the passions of this world…
that the Light proceeding from the Father
may find you.
He will bid His servants to unbind you
and let you go
to the Light where His Father is.
Would that our bands were torn
that we might see our God!”
St John of Dalyatha, Homily on Caution and Precaution

“It is not the self-critical who reveals his humility
(for does not everyone somehow
have ti put up with himself?).
Rather it is the man who continues
to love the person who has criticized him.”
St John Climacus (The Ladder, 22.17)

“Turn this body in which you are clothed
into a censer in which you burn
all your evil thoughts and musings.
Raise them before the Lord
that He might raise your hearts to Him.
Ask Him
with all the might you possess in your minds
to bring down His immaterial fire from on high
to consume all that is found in that censer
and purify it.”
St Antony the Great, Letter 6.8

“Close the door of you cell to your body,
the door of your tongue to talk,
and the gate within to evil spirits.”
St John Climacus, The Ladder 27.19

“Hush your heart
that your heart may speak,
and hush your heart
that God may speak.”
St John of Dalyatha, Homily on the Gifts of the Spirit


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: