Symeon New Theologian

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Paulist Press, 1980 - Religion - 396 pages
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"This great master of Eastern Christianity was an abbot, spiritual director of renown, theologian and important Church reformer. These 'Discourses' which form the central work of his life, were preached by St. Symeon to his monks during their morning Matins ritual. They treat such basic spiritual themes as repentance, detachment, renunciation, the works of charity, impassibility, remembrance of death, sorrow for sins, the practice of God's commandments, mystical union with the indwelling Trinity, faith and contemplation." -- Back cover.
 

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Contents

OF CHARITY
41
TO CHRIST THROUGH THE BEATITUDES
47
FAITHFULNESS TO MONASTIC VOWS
60
ON TEARS OF PENITENCE
70
ON PENITENCE
90
THE EXAMPLE AND SPIRIT OF SYMEON THE PIOUS
119
ON ATTACHMENT TO ONES KIN
130
ON PERFECT LOVE AND WHAT IT IS IN ACTION
143
THE IDEAL SPIRITUAL GUIDE
231
ON THE REMEMBRANCE OF DEATH
238
ON FAITH
243
ON PENITENCE AND THE FEAR OF GOD
254
ON SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE
261
THE INTERACTION OF BODY AND SOUL
267
THE DAY OF THE MONK
274
THE LEAST OF THE COMMANDMENTS
284

ON WORKS OF MERCY
150
PERFECT HOLINESS
162
ON FASTING
167
OF ABSTINENCE AND ENDURANCE
173
OF CHRISTS RESURRECTION
181
ON PENITENCE AND THE BEGINNING OF THE MONASTIC LIFE
186
THE LIGHT OF GOD
193
ECSTASY IN THE LIGHT
198
OF CONTEMPLATION REVELATION AND THE PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
204
ON WORTHY AND UNWORTHY SUPERIORS
209
SYMEONS SPIRITUAL CONCERN
226
DISCERNMENT LIGHT AND PRIESTHOOD
295
THE HERESY OF PUSILLANIMITY
308
ON PENITENCE
318
SELFEXAMINATION ON THE BEATITUDES
329
BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST
335
ON PARTAKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
339
SYMEONS APOLOGIA
347
THE MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE OF GRACE IN THE FORM OF A THANKSGIVING
359
IN THE FORM OF A THANKSGIVING AT THE THRESHOLD OF TOTAL ILLUMINATION
368
INDEX TO INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
379
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