Punks to Monks:Effects of the Last Rebellion

Punks to Monks:Effects of the Last Rebellion

Watch Now as Fr. John Valadez unpacks what he means by Death to the World. “The world” is the general name for all the passions. When we wish to call the passions by a common name, we call them the world. But when we wish to distinguish them by their special names,...

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The Spirit of Lust

The Spirit of Lust

Saint Cassian the Roman   The second struggle we have to engage in is against the spirit of lust and bodily desire, which begins to bother people at an early age. This is a great and difficult struggle, that’s fought on two fronts. Because, whereas the other failings battle away...

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On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

Abba Dorotheos Set your minds, brethren, to the examination of your affairs and don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little neglect can lead us into great danger. I lately paid a visit to a monk and found him recovering from an illness. As we were talking I learned that he’d...

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Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them – 2

Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them – 2

Abbas Dorotheos     When I was in the coenobium, the Abbot, with the consent of the Elders, made me guest-master. I was, at the time, recovering from a serious illness. Strangers came and I stayed up with them; camel-drivers arrived and I looked after them. And there were lots...

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Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them

Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them

Abbas Dorotheos: That we should take care to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes accustomed to them. Dorothei Gaza, frescă Dionysiou, 1547 INPut your minds, brethren, to the way things are and see that you don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little inattention can lead us into...

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The Price on Our Heads

The Price on Our Heads

The Price On Our Heads In America the word “Slavery” calls to mind very specific and charged imagery from our Nation’s past.  But the institution itself has existed across the globe in every culture from the beginning of human history. No matter what form slavery has taken it always carries...

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Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

We understand deprivation when we’ve got nothing to eat. We’re not aware of any lack when we don’t have God in our lives. It’s terrible. It’s terrible. As if there’s no need for God! But the need for God’s greater than the need for air. It’s greater than the need...

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