The Senses Become Attuned to Him

Commenting on Song of Songs, St. Gregory of Nyssa says about the human acquisition of virtue as mirroring God more fully. He speaks here about the spiritual senses. The bride then rightly recognizes the difference between herself and her Lord. As Light, He is an object of beauty for our eyes; He is a sweet... Continue Reading →

Bringing Us Back to His Likeness

Hitherto the Word, in whose image humanity had been made, was invisible, and for that reason humanity easily lost the likeness. When, however, the Word of God had been made flesh, he realised both. For on the one hand, he revealed the true image, himself becoming that which was his own image; on the other... Continue Reading →

Hope Not in Your Own Strength

“Give us help out of affliction” (Ps. 59:13). Let us seek help, not from [physical] strength, not from the well-being of the flesh. Let us not think it right to obtain aid from any of those considered notorious among men. Strength is a matter not of amassing of money, not of extent of power, not... Continue Reading →

Be Angry and Do Not Sin

"So let us too not be angry rashly. Anger, you see, has been instilled in us for a reason, not for sinning but for checking others in their sin, not for it to become a passion and an affliction but for it to prove a remedy for passions. Accordingly consider the anomaly of vice, when... Continue Reading →

Give Evil no Entry

Speaking about the Egyptian desert and why the monastics there were successful at taming their thoughts and the attack of demons,“But everyone does the work assigned to Him in such a way that, by repeating by heart some psalm or passage of Scripture, he gives no opportunity or time for dangerous schemes or evil designs,... Continue Reading →

Adopt A Life of Prayer

"Whoever is used to praying only at such time as the knee is bent, prays very little. But whoever, even on bent knee, is distracted by any sort of wandering heart, prays not at all. And for this reason, it behooves us even before the time of prayer to be such as we would wish... Continue Reading →

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