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"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Thursday, 10 February 2011

A HISTORY OF MONASTIC SPIRITUALITY by Luc Brésard, of the abbey of Citeaux



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An excellent summary, well worth readng, on monastc sprtuality (thanks to the "Monasterion" group.)

INTRODUCTION
1. PREHISTORY
2. ANTONY 251-356
3. A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW
4. THE MONASTIC RULES
5. PACHOMIUS 292-346
6. THE APOPHTHEGMATA
7. EVAGRIUS 345-399
8. CASSIAN 365-435
9. BASIL 328-378
10. PSEUDO-MACARIUS
11.AUGUSTINE 354-430
12.WESTERN MONASTICISM
13. THE MONKS OF GAZA c.500
14. JOHN CLIMACUS c. 580-680
BY WAY OF CONCLUSION

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