A Life Pleasing to God
St Basil the Great (330-379) is one of the most important figures in Christian history and a theologian and spiritual teacher of ecumenical significance. At a time when the sources of their riche spiritual heritage are being...
Athanasius: The Life of St Anthony and the Letter to Marcellinus
St. Athanasius was a major figure of 14th-century Christendom. As the Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, he led the Church in its battle against the Arian heresy. Athanasius' The Life of Antony is one of...
Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings
No text I know renders the ascetic spirit more accessible to the modern reader' -- Religious Studies Review
A genial and insightful sixth-century monk, 'Dorotheos lets us glimpse a little of the life in his distant time and...
Guidance Toward Spiritual Life: Answers to the Questions of Disciples
With the practical aim of guiding the brothers at his monastery in the wilderness of northern California, Fr. Seraphim Rose set out to select and translate these counsels of Saints Barsanuphius the Great and John the...
In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Father John's inspiring introduction to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers brings their words to life for the modern reader. These key figures of the early church chose lives of hardship and solitude, where...
Russian Letters of Spiritual Direction, 1834-1860
In the last century a cross-section of Russian society - peasants, nobles, writers, soldiers - streamed to the Optino Hermitage for advice - and received it, from a succession of startsi, or "elders," monks whose God-given...
Selected Writings of St. John Cassian the Roman
A collection of excerpts, gleaned from the best writings of the saint, offer the reader insight into a variety of spiritual topics, including Perfection: The Theory of Spiritual Life, Some Enemies of the Spiritual Life, Some...
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year- Saint Theophan the Recluse
Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815–1894) was one of the most prolific and beloved spiritual writers of nineteenth-century Russia. His works, which comprise over twenty volumes, include such classics as The Path to...
Treasure-house of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition
Why was Cain's sacrifice rejected, but Abel's accepted? How did Joseph react when he came home and found Mary with child? Questions such as these served as the starting points for St Ephrem and other poets of the early...
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