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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

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