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An important addition to The Library of Christian Classics, this volume contains three of the most influential monastic documents in the early church. These works are The Sayings of the Fathers, The Conferences of Cassian, and The Rule of Saint Benedict. 368 Pages. Softcover from Westminster John Knox Press.

The Library of Christian Classics has long been acclaimed for its quality translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes. The series ensures that modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological works of the past are available for scholars and students, allowing contemporary readers to mine the theological riches of the Christian church though the centuries.

The Philokalia, Volume 1The Philokalia, Volume 1
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The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fifth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book other than the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox church.

Includes the writings of St. Isaiah the Solitary, Evagrios the Solitary, St. John Cassian, St. Mark the Ascetic, St. Hesychios the Priest, St. Neilos the Ascetic, St. Diadochos of Photiki and St. John of Karpathos.

The Institutes (Ancient Christian Writers)The Institutes (Ancient Christian Writers)
John Cassian
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Cassian, a central figure in monastic history, mediated the wisdom of the desert solitaries to the West. His work is divided into two parts: one deals with the training of a monk and rules for a monastery; the second treats the eight deadly sins and how to counter them. Exceptional translation and notes. 288 pages, hardcover.

Cassian and the Fathers: Initiation into the Monastic TraditionCassian and the Fathers: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition
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This book is the initial volume in the series of Novitiate Conferences of Thomas Merton, the classes he presented to young men beginning their monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. They contain Merton's insights on important Patristic and monastic figures preceding the time of St. Benedict, above all John Cassian, the most significant bridge between the early desert fathers and the development of monastic life in the West, and they reveal the continuing relevance of their teachings for contemporary monastics and other Christians.

John Cassian: Conferences (Classics of Western Spirituality)John Cassian: Conferences (Classics of Western Spirituality)
John Cassian
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At the turn of the sixth century the Mediterranean world was witnessing the decline of Roman rule that had formed the bedrock of its civil order. During the chaos of those years, there arose in the deserts of Egypt and Syria monastic movements that offered men and women a radical God-centered alternative to the present society. Among the most eloquent interpreters of the new movement to western Europe was John Cassian (c. 365-c. 435). Drawing on his own early experience as a monk in Bethlehem and Egypt, he journeyed to the West to found monasteries in Marseilles and the region of Provence.

Making Life a Prayer: Selected Writings of John  CassianMaking Life a Prayer: Selected Writings of John Cassian
John Cassian
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From the publisher: John was a monk from North Africa and a contemporary of Augustine, whose writings on prayer and spiritual living speak as practically and profoundly in today's age as they did in the fourth century when he wrote them. 72 pages, 4 1/4" x 7", paper.

The Conferences  (Ancient Christian Writers)The Conferences (Ancient Christian Writers)
John Cassian
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The first edition in English, The Conferences by John Cassian have long been awaited by medievalists, monastics, and Patrisic scholars. Cassian, a major spiritual writer, a precursor of Benedict, and a bridge between the desert and the West, here provides a record of his dialogues and focus on the cultivation of virtue and purity of heart. Annotations include scholarly addenda, notes, textual reference, commentaries, and an index.

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