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Offline GabrieltheCelt

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'Ladder Of Divine Ascent' Commentary?
« on: February 25, 2011, 02:40:29 AM »
I was talking tonight with a great friend and dear brother about the Ladder of Divine Ascent and was, once again, gung-ho about reading and putting it into practice for Great Lent.  I have two copies of this wonderful little book: John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent (The Classics of Western Spirituality), AND The Ladder of Divine Ascent by Holy Transfiguration Monastery, as well as Ascending the Heights , a layman's guide by Fr. John Mack.  

To help me in this endeavor, I plan on utilizing all three books this Great Lent but what I think would really be beneficial would be some sort of commentary, like Fr. John's book, but that is a little more in-depth and covers more ground.  I don't think anything like this exists yet, but if any y'all know of anything, could you please point me in that direction?  Thanks a million!!

 Gabriel
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Re: 'Ladder Of Divine Ascent' Commentary?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 04:23:10 AM »
I find that Met. Kallistos' introduction in the Western Spirituality edition provides a great commentary of the book.

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Re: 'Ladder Of Divine Ascent' Commentary?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011, 01:12:09 AM »
I find that Met. Kallistos' introduction in the Western Spirituality edition provides a great commentary of the book.

 His introduction is good and informative.  But it's just an introduction; what I had in mind was commentary for each chapter (rung on the ladder) from the Desert Fathers and Mothers and even saints down through the ages.  I love what St. Theophan the Recluse did with Unseen Warfare and of coarse, we have many wonderful commentaries on Holy Scripture.  If 'The Ladder...' is as popular a devotional book as I'm told, and is so beloved and plays such an important part of Great Lent, it just strikes me as rather odd and peculiar that there are no commentaries.  I realize I'm the worse type of Orthodox Christian out there: A convert and an American, so I'm sure I'm probably missing something.   
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