Avarice as The Root of The Passions

"One who wishes to cut off the passions should cut out their root; for while avarice remains, there is no benefit in trimming the branches: whenever they are cut off they will immediately sprout again." Evagrius, On the Eight Thoughts, On Avarice, Chapter 2 Let us recall that for the Greek fathers, the passions are... Continue Reading →

Distractions at Prayer

When the demons see you yearning to pray truly, then they propose representations of certain things that are supposedly necessary and shortly thereafter they raise up and implant the memory of them, setting the mind in motion to search for them. When the mind does not find them, it is deeply grieved and discouraged. Then... Continue Reading →

Is God Hearing my Prayer?

Sometimes we fall into the temptation to wonder whether God has lent His ear to our prayers or not. We are reassured by the Lord that, " Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him (Mat 8.6)." Thus prayer is given for our benefit, not for Him Who lacks nothing.... Continue Reading →

You Know Not What You Need

"Do not pray for the fulfillment of your wishes, for they may not accord with the will of God. but pray as you have been taught saying: Thy will be done (cf. Luke 22.42). Always entreat Him in this way-that His will be done. For He desires what is good and profitable for you, whereas... Continue Reading →

Persevere in Prayer

"Do not be distressed if you do not at once receive from God what you ask. He wishes to give you something better-to make you persevere in your prayer. For what is better than to enjoy the love of God and to be in communion with Him? Evagrios the Solitary on Prayer, 34. Let us... Continue Reading →

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