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The Ethics of Christmas – The Nativity Sermon of Isaac the Syrian

This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world; So let no one threaten; This is the night of the Most Gentle One – Let no one be cruel; This is the night of the Humble One – Let no one be proud. Now is the day of joy – Let us not revenge; Now is the day of Good Will – Let us not … Continue reading The Ethics of Christmas – The Nativity Sermon of Isaac the Syrian

Falling Up – St. John Climacus

It seems to me that those who have fallen and are penitent are more blessed than those who have never fallen and who do not have to mourn over themselves, because through having fallen, they have pulled themselves up by a sure resurrection…. Nothing equals the mercy of God or surpasses it. To despair is therefore to inflict death on oneself. – St. John Climacus, … Continue reading Falling Up – St. John Climacus

St. Macarius the Great on Apophatacism

The following quotation and icon were originally post by Moses at The Burning Bush. Thank you Moses. But if man were to begin to investigate the mind of God and say: “I have discovered something and truly understand it,” the human mind would be found transcending the mind of God. Truly you wander far into error in such thinking. For the more you wish through … Continue reading St. Macarius the Great on Apophatacism

The Interior Life – To Ascend We Must First Dive

The ladder to the Kingdom is hidden within you, and within your soul. Dive down into yourself, away from sin, and there you will find the steps by which you can ascend. – St. Isaac of Syria For most of us the way up is by climbing the the ladder of success. This almost always takes us into comparison, competition, judgment, and expectation with our … Continue reading The Interior Life – To Ascend We Must First Dive

Incarnation

“O inexpressible mystery and unheard paradox: the Invisible is seen, the Intangible is touched , the eternal Word becomes accessible to our speech, the Timeless steps into time, the Son of God becomes the Son of Man.”                                                                                      — Saint Gregory of Nyssa Continue reading Incarnation