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WORDS FOR OUR TIME: The Spiritual Words of Matthew the Poor

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The twentieth-century elder Abba Matta of Egypt, known in the West as Matthew the Poor, is widely regarded as the greatest Egyptian elder since St. Antony the Great. He produced a huge and varied body of work in Arabic, only a little of which has been translated into English. In addition, a great many of his informal talks to monks and visitors were recorded. This volume i ...more
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Published August 1st 2013 by Ancient Faith Publishing
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Anna Cory
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a dearth of good audiobook devotional material for Orthodox Christians. This book helps fill the gap in a wonderful way! Abouna Matthew speaks with humility and authority about all types of topics: struggles with the passions, life in the world, theology, the feasts, and fasting. The writings are a collection of talks, transcribed and edited for the modern reader. I could sense the very real empathy Abouna had with the people. He was able to keep a bridge open between the world and the ...more
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“So, what is the simple eye? It is the eye, beloved, that does not desire. It is the eye that perceives without bringing the outside world inside.”

Fr. Matta el-Meskeen (Matthew the Poor) was a Coptic Orthodox monk who lived from 1919-2006. Before becoming a monk in 1948, he was an extremely wealthy and successful pharmacist. His decision to enter monastic life was not terribly well received by those who knew him in the world, but he was undeterred, and ultimately became a key--if occasionally c
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Shanda Smith
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book/audiobook is an amazing example of the wisdom of our Orthodox forefathers. Never has a book affected me as this book has. It is a deep yet simple understanding of how keeping your eyes on Christ is essential to finding the peace beyond understanding in our christian walk. I encourage you to give this book a read and allow its words to guide you on your own journey to peace.
Kristie Soliman
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orthodox
Favorite chapters I want to revisit:
On Love
Called by Christ
The Temptation of Our Lord
The Canaanite Woman
All the chapters in "on feasts and fasts"
Kristofer Carlson
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orthodoxy
This is a very simply and easy to read book regarding a number of subjects which can often seem overly complicated. The book is divided into four sections: Spirituality, Christian Living, On Scripture, and On Feasts And Fasts. In each of these sections are a selection of talks given by Matthew the Poor.

The first talk on Repentance and Holiness quickly tells you this is no ordinary book on Orthodox Spirituality. It is very practical. Matthew the Poor relates the story of an Egyptian w
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John
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abba Matta el Meskeen (Matthew the Poor) is a treasure for the Christian world. This book is one of the few samples of his teaching available in English. Like the earlier Communion of Love it is a collection of transcripts of talks to fellow Egyptian monks and lay people, and the translation conveys a sense of immediacy/spontaneity in an enjoyable way.

I especially appreciated two talks on family life: "Peace in the Christian Home" and "A Word to Married Couples." In the latter, Abba Matt
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(Arabic: متى المسكين)
Father Matta El-Meskeen (Maskeen or Maskine ; translated as Matthew the Poor ), born Youssef Eskander (September 20, 1919 - June 8, 2006), was a Coptic Orthodox monk and spiritual father of 130 monks in the Monastery of St. Macarius the Great at Scetis in Wadi Natrun, Egypt. He is considered by many to be a renowned Orthodox theologian, and was an author of voluminous texts on numerous topics, includin
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