Desert Fathers | Orthodoxy

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Repentance is the cornerstone of spiritual life: The recognition of our sinfulness, pain because we embittered God, the decision for a change and taking refuge in confession comprises the beginning of our salvation. The Precious Forerunner and the Lord Himself began their preaching calling to repentance. May the many examples of repentance, which Saint Cyril of Jerusalem mentions renew zeal for a real repentance!

St. Nilus of Sinai

Prayer Saint Nilus of Sinai (died c. 430). Saints of our Church, who were par excellence praying people, have handed to us their sacred experience in an expressive and categorical manner: Prayer, they tell us, is the elevation of the mind to God and conversation with Him. Prayer is man’s union with God. The world of the angels. The key of paradise. The illumination of...

Teachings of Saint Nektarios: The Path of Happiness, Love,Christian politeness, Glorification, Discretion, Peace, Temptations, Prayer. Nothing is greater than a pure heart, because such a heart becomes a throne of God. And what is more glorious than the throne of God? Of course nothing! God says about those who have pure heart: “I shall dwell in them and walk, and shall be their God, and...

John Chrysostom

The Triumph of the Church. By Saint John Chrysostom (c. 349 – 407. Christ planted the Church: From here we will reveal the power and prove Christ’s divinity. We will see that it is impossible for the spreading of Christianity in the whole universe in such a brief time period to be a human work. And furthermore for Christian morality to invite people with evil...

Blessed Abba Zosimas

When You are Treated Unjustly according to Blessed Abba Zosimas (c. 460-560, in Palestine); blessed Zosimas used to say: So let us also struggle brethren, to imitate the holy Fathers, until we bring spiritual fruits and thus to gain the eternal goods , in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be the glory and the dominion with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and...

Love of Poverty | Saint Gregory Theologian

Saint Gregory is not only a great father and teacher of the Church, but also her most eminent theologian after the apostle and evangelist John. Born between 326 and 329 in Arianzus, near Nazianzus of Cappadocia, of well to do parents, he obtained a great classical and theological education. One of his last talks were “Concerning love of poverty”, an anthology of which follows below...

Saint Maximus the Confessor

Saint Maximus the Confessor (c. 580 – 13 August 662) was the most eminent theologian of the 7th century: Well educated in philosophy, Maximus adopted the Platonic model of teaching that humanity was made in the image of God, and the purpose of salvation is to restore us to unity with God. Don’t say that only my faith in Christ can save me: This is...

The Spiritual World by Photios Kontoglou. Contemporary man has altogether forgotten the world that is within himself and has occupied himself only with the world that is outside himself, the material world. He investigates by means of science, “the outside of the cup and of the platter” (Matt. 23:25). One world is material , the other, spiritual : One is for the transitory life; the...

On The Holy Spirit by Photios Kontoglou. By the Holy Spirit , every soul is given life, is exalted through purification, and is made to shine through the Threefold oneness in a hidden manner. By the Holy Spirit the streams of grace flow, watering all of creation and granting it life. The Holy Spirit is called Paraclete , the Spirit of Truth, and Life‑Creating ...

According to St Nikodimos, St Isaiah the Solitary lived around the year 370 and was a contemporary Makarios the Great of Egypt. Most historians today consider him to be later in date. He is now usually identified with a monk who lived initially at Sketis in Egypt, and who then moved to Palestine at some date subsequent to 431, eventually dying in great old age...