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There is something extraordinary and comforting about any spiritual writer who can begin an instruction On fear of the punishment to Come with the candid admission that his current bout with rheumatism of the feet was probably occasioned by too much convivial cheer in the guest-house refectory. But this is Dorotheos of Gaza. A shrewd oberver, a master psychologist, an accomplished raconteur, Dorotheos is also a learned man, with a prodigious capacity for assimilating in an organized harmony the wisdom of his predecessors in the life of the Spirit. But he is much more interested in humbly serving the brethern than in discoursing about the more recondite aspects of the hesychast experience.

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Wheeler Translator. A shrewd observer, a master psychologist, an accomplished raconteur, Dorotheos is also a learned man with a prodigious capacity for assimilating in an organized harmony the wisdom of his precedessors in the life of the Spirit.

Yet he is far more interested in humbly serving his brethren than in discoursing about the recondite aspects of the hescyhast experience. His genial A shrewd observer, a master psychologist, an accomplished raconteur, Dorotheos is also a learned man with a prodigious capacity for assimilating in an organized harmony the wisdom of his precedessors in the life of the Spirit.

His genial candor makes him the ideal spiritual master to introduce modern readers to the rich spiritual universe of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by Cistercian Publications first published January 1st More Details Original Title.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings. Jan 26, Rick rated it it was amazing. While many other ancient biographies of the desert fathers paint them in a picture that is oftentimes too perfect to be related to by modern readers. This collection of sayings and stories from Dorotheos of Gaza, while often miraculous in nature, also tells the story of his very human side as well.

May 19, Justine Olawsky rated it really liked it. To sit a while with Dorotheos of Gaza is to be sitting under the guidance of an insightful and humane spiritual director. His observations and instructions are sharp and hit the target, but they leave behind no wound that is not ultimately beneficial, because his deep kindness and love for the Body of Christ as incarnated in the people of Christ provide the balm.

Dorotheos was introduced to me by my boss when I was looking for a writer who could help me understand the idea of what it means to be To sit a while with Dorotheos of Gaza is to be sitting under the guidance of an insightful and humane spiritual director.

Dorotheos was introduced to me by my boss when I was looking for a writer who could help me understand the idea of what it means to be "in Christ" with others. Who better than this desert monk to explicate upon the difficulties, lessons, and deep joys of this necessary life together in Christ? The translator, Eric Wheeler, begins with an illuminating introduction to Dorotheos that sketches, as best he is able, the known details of the saint's life. This part is not to be skipped, because it really frames and lends context to the discourses that follow.

It is kind of comforting to know that holy men of God who live apart from the world can still be so stinking full of the vices and failings of Christians in the world. Dorotheos teaches us not only how to contend with these myriad stinkers, but also how to identify our own spiritual sticking points and why it is absolutely necessary that we dwell with our brothers and sisters in peace and humility. I underlined many ideas to revisit later, many places where I felt that Dorotheos had crossed the breach of time, culture, and language to speak God's truth directly into my soul.

I made many notes in the margins, connecting his ideas with those of others, watching how God weaves the threads of truth and freedom through many voices. I enjoyed Dorotheos thoroughly and would recommend him heartily to anyone willing to, no matter how tremblingly, hold a mirror up to his soul. Jan 05, Gail rated it it was amazing. Chock-full of wisdom! Oct 18, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: orthodoxy.

Aug 28, Greg Zancewicz rated it it was amazing. Re-reading a 6th century classic by a Palestinian monk. Maybe something will sink in this time. To whit: "Why is the devil called not only 'enemy' but 'adversary'? He is called 'enemy' because he is a hater of men, one who hates what is good, a traitor; an 'adversary', because he always puts obstacles in the way of good.

If a man wants to pray he puts obstacles in the way through evil suspicions, shameful thoughts, and spiritual torpor. If someone wants to give alms he obstructs it through avari Re-reading a 6th century classic by a Palestinian monk.

If someone wants to give alms he obstructs it through avarice or procrastination. If a man wants to keep vigil he obstructs it with hesitations or laziness. In every single thing he is against us when we desire to do good. Aug 09, Ammatheodora rated it it was amazing.

A pearl of the Orthodox patristic tradition. This book is excellent for catechumens and people interested in the Orthodox Church as well as those who are already baptized. St Dorotheos' teachings are part of the fundamental wisdom of the Church Fathers and as relevant today as it was in his own time. Easy to read and divided into short chapters, this book gives instructions on how to acquire humility, obedience and freedom from judging our neighbour, qualities which are absolutely necessary in o A pearl of the Orthodox patristic tradition.

Easy to read and divided into short chapters, this book gives instructions on how to acquire humility, obedience and freedom from judging our neighbour, qualities which are absolutely necessary in order to have true love for God and our neighbour.

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He alone is the one who takes account of all and is able to judge the hearts of each one of us, as He alone is our Master. Truly it happens that a man may do a certain thing which seems to be wrong out of simplicity, and there may be something about it which makes more amends to God than your whole life; how are you going to sit in judgment and constrict your own soul? And should it happen that he has fallen away, how do you know how much and how well he fought; how much blood he sweated before he did it? Perhaps so little fault can be found in him that God can look on his action as if it were just, for God looks on his labor and all the struggle he had before he did it, and has pity on him. And do you know this, and what God has spared him for? Are you going to condemn him for this and ruin your own soul?

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