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Author:    ABBA ISAIAH

Title:   Matericon : Instructions of Abba Isaiah to the Honorable Nun Theodora

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery January 2001

ISBN Number:    B0019QVV5M

Seller ID:   85783

A valuable extract from the spiritual world of the earliest monastic period, available for the first time in English translation. Abba Isaiah (died ca. 490) offered teachings that found a place in the earliest collections of sayings of the Fathers and also in the Philokalia. Now we have another of his works, a letter replying to a request by the nun Theodora for spiritual instruction, with the addition of a ''matericon,'' a collection of sayings of Desert Mothers such as Syncletica, Sarah, Matrona, Pelagia, Theodora, Melania, and others. The third part of this book contains his actual scripture-laden advice on the life of stillness which Theodora had requested. ''Just as the meadows look, when filled with all kinds of flowers, so is this present book of mine, O sacred and sweetest child. In it you will find all the flowers of the virtues -- attention of the mind and the practice of the heart -- for the purification and salvation of your soul, if you so desire... May the Lord of Glory be with you.''

Price = 15.95 USD



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