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Dorotheos Of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings (Cistercian Studies Series #33)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published November 1st 1977 by Cistercian Publications (first published January 1st 1977)
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Greg Zancewicz
Dec 07, 2013 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
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Aug 09, 2013 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 ...more
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Jan 26, 2013 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. Marvelous!
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