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Here you will find a variety of extracts of articles written by various authors.

On Fasting

Fasting, neither above nor below your ability, will help you in your vigil. One should not ponder divine matters on a full stomach, say...

St Demetrius 1, The 12th Pope of Alexandria

The Twelfth Day of the Blessed Month of Babah. 1. The Departure of Abba Demetrius I, 12th Pope of Alexandria. 2. The Martyrdom of St. Matthew...

Finding Peace Despite The Sufferings

As we endure these difficult times and suffering, we experience a range of emotions, including despair, anger, and restlessness. The Lord has blessed us...

St Shenoute’s Life and Times

When Shenoute was born in the middle of the fourth century C.E., Coptic literature barely existed. Only a century had passed since a writing...

Monastic Poverty In Evagrius’ Work

Evagrius’s ideal monk lives simply, at the edge of poverty, so to speak, accumulating only enough to support himself and to provide basic hospitality...

Calling Shenoute A Prophet

I am not sure that Shenoute ever explicitly called himself a prophet, but others have used the label for him frequently. What have they...

A Monk Under Attack

When Abba Macarius dwelt in the great desert, he was the only one living as an anchorite, but lower down there was another desert...

Homily On Repentance

O repentance, how great are your consolations: the joy that is rooted in grief, and the happiness that is born of tears. The fruits...

The Sign of the Cross

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian author who spent many years in the gulag of Siberia, bears witness to the power of the cross. After long...

Ascetical Hermeneutics

Monasticism began as a result of one man’s attempt to fulfill a Scriptural challenge, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess...

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