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Re: Pre-Modern Church Fathers (8th to 18th Centuries)
« Reply #135 on: July 03, 2015, 03:48:35 PM »
Nothing is better for rendering the heart penitent and the soul humble than wise solitude and complete silence. Nothing has a greater power of disturbing the state of silence, and of depriving it of God's help, than the following principal passions: presumptuousness, gluttony, talkativeness and vain cares, arrogance and the mistress of all passions - self regard. Whoever readily permits himself to acquire the habit of these passions will become, in the course of time, more and more shrouded in darkness, until finally he is completely deadened. If, however, he comes to himself and begins to practice the necessary observances with faith and zeal, he will once more obtain what he seeks, especially if he seeks it with humility. But if, through negligence, even one of the passions mentioned begins to rule in him, then the whole host of evils, with pernicious unbelief at its head, attacks and overpowers him and completely devastates his soul. The soul is then filled with diabolical confusion and turmoil and become another Babel, so that 'the last state of the man is worse than the first' (Matt. xii. 45). Then the man turns into a violent enemy and defamer of those who practice silence, always sharpening his tongue against them, like a razor or a double-edged sword.

--St. Gregory of Sinai (d. 1360), Texts on Commandments and Dogmas, 104 (Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart, p. 59)
"This is the cross - to become dead to the whole world, to suffer sorrows, temptations and other passions of Christ; in bearing this cross with complete patience, we imitate Christ's passion and thus glorify our God the Father as His sons in grace and co-heirs of Christ." --St. Symeon the New Theologian

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Re: Pre-Modern Church Fathers (8th to 18th Centuries)
« Reply #136 on: July 04, 2015, 10:29:14 AM »
If a man constantly looks at the physical sun, he involuntarily suffers a change in his vision, for he can no longer see anything else of the visible, and sees nothing but the sun in everything. It is the same with the man who is always looking at the sun of truth with mind and heart; involuntarily he will suffer a change in his mental vision, for he will be unable to imagine anything earthly and will see only God in all things.

--St. Symeon the New Theologian (d. 1022), Practical and Theological Precepts, 182 (Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart, p. 141)
"This is the cross - to become dead to the whole world, to suffer sorrows, temptations and other passions of Christ; in bearing this cross with complete patience, we imitate Christ's passion and thus glorify our God the Father as His sons in grace and co-heirs of Christ." --St. Symeon the New Theologian

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Re: Pre-Modern Church Fathers (8th to 18th Centuries)
« Reply #137 on: July 18, 2015, 10:30:31 PM »
104. He who is distracted during prayer stands outside the first veil. He who undistractedly offers the singlephrased
Jesus Prayer is within the veil. But he alone has glimpsed the holy of holies who, with his natural thoughts
at rest, contemplates that which transcends every intellect, and who has in this way been granted to some extent a
vision of the divine light.

105. Whenever the soul, paying no attention to external things, is concentrated in prayer, then a kind of flame
surrounds it, as fire surrounds iron, and makes it wholly incandescent. The soul remains the same, but can no longer be touched, just as red-hot iron cannot be touched by the hand.

-- Ilias the Presbyter (d.c. early 12th century), A Gnomic Anthology, 2.104-105

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Re: Pre-Modern Church Fathers (8th to 18th Centuries)
« Reply #138 on: July 24, 2015, 11:26:11 PM »
"...thrice radiant, thrice bright, thrice brilliant; Light is the Father, Light the Son, Light the Holy Ghost; Wisdom the Father, Wisdom the Son, Wisdom the Holy Ghost..."

-- St. John of Damascus (d. 749), The Fount of Knowledge: Part 2, On Heresies, 103