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INDEX OF SUBJECTS for the Writings of Saint Isaac   28/11/2020 12:00 πμ
INDEX OF SUBJECTS for the Writings of Saint Isaac.







Note: 'n' means 'footnote' (footnotes are located in-line parenthetically within this digital text).




-Abandonment, by God: 278; is death of the soul, 72; love of pleasure and ease is cause of, 191; caused by pride or blasphemy, 283.

-Aberration: caused by, 4; and fear, 6, 136; causes mental changes, 6; man is capable of so that can receive a recompense, 47n; and created nature, 70n; as a cause of sin, 72; perfection impossible as long as nature subject to, 135, 136; variations of love necessary




because of, 146; angel's tendency toward bridled by love, 146; passes indefinitely through rational nature, 335; capacity of, 340n; state of certainty where there is no, 342.

-Abraham, the Patriarch, 57, 276.

-Abraham, Abba, 170.

-Accidents (or Accidental occurrences): nature receptive to, 46; for our profit, 53; sins due to, 71; why befall a man, 123; occur when a man does not have humility, 162; must not despair because of, 336; befall a man when he departs from stillness, 375.

-Accusation: man who endures, 43; do not chide others, 94, 243, 244, 247; man who accuses his brother has God as his own accuser, 229; public accusation of others, 230.

-Activity, divine: the two activities upon men, 238-40; of the soul, 262.

-Adam: 29n, 51, 71, 378; spiritual, 364.

-Advice: how to give, 33; do not seek from man whose life differs, 208; seek from man of experience, 208, 328; requisites of man who can give, 208; how to give to others, 236; of a wise counselor, 246.

-Affairs (or Concerns, Occupations): bar from things divine, 24; disperse stillness, cause turmoil, 98; many are a proof of slackness, 98; during prayer, 98; avoid during the day, 102; a humble man not engaged in, 348.

-Afflictions (or Tribulations, Hardships): bring purity of heart, 21, 361; bring knowledge of the truth, 25; cause of remembrance of God, 47; precious to God, 60; when sweet, 157; a proof of love, 161; preserve righteousness, 164; and recollection of death, 168; kill the sweetness of the passions, 205; God rejoices over, 205; cause of virtue, 205; to endure a man needs to believe in something better, 207; the love of enables non-possessiveness, 207; consolation in proportion to, 209; increased by faint-heartedness, 211; body insensible to when soul drunken with hope, 236; undergo as a sacrifice of love for God, 271; God impels men to virtue by involuntary, 276; like a surgeon God applies, 276; he who flees, separates himself from virtue, 283; without, pride near, 283; accept joyously as a gift from God, 289; a cause of righteousness, 289; Holy Spirit incites men to endure greater, 293; the beloved of the Spirit live in, 293; world expelled by means of, 293; sons of God set apart from rest of mankind by, 293-4; await in hour of gladness, 337; establish as our aim, 356; must set




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at naught to receive anything great, 357; confidence amid, 360; act of providence, 360; love of God causes oblivion to, 363; move us to prayer, 387.

-Agathon, Abba, 346, 378.

-Ahaab, 248.

-Alm. See Goal.

-Almsgiving: brings heart near to God, 37; give indiscriminately, 37; stillness higher than, 37-8; done with humility, 42; God provides for one who gives, 45-6; to acquire, 55; and stillness, 109-10, 376-80; righteousness of laymen, 161 and n; with a cheerful face, 246; prayer superior to, 270.

-Ammoun, Saint, 130, 292.

-Angels: gaze at men during their prayer, 23; of chastity, 25; as guides, 42; marvel, 43, 124; aid martyrs and ascetics, 44-5; partake of sufferings of the saints, 60; and divine providence, 65; glorify God because of virtues of the righteous, 78; seen within, 84; overshadow the table of fasters, 88; moved by grace, 113; man's vision of, 113-4, 177; orders of, 129-32; visual power of, 130; how seen by men, 130, 137-8; teachers of men, 138-40; teach one another, 139, 140; first order of receives revelations through Jesus




Christ, 139; by grace have divine vision of Divinity, 139; the Incarnation of Christ made their vision of Divinity possible, 139; tendency toward aberration bridled by love, 146; rejoice at hardships, 205; invisible ministry of, 216; appear in the likeness of the saints, 267; recollections stirred by, 268; of death, 315 and n; the seeing of oneself is greater than the seeing of, 317; fill men with spiritual vision, 337; have not received the state of certainty, 342.

-Angel, guardian: 191, 192, 193, 354; occurrences managed by 123; inspires righteous thoughts, 281; withdraws when a man tarries in pride, 283.

-Anger (or Wroth, Wrothful, Wrath, Wrathful): 250; do not manifest against a sinner, 52, 250; a heart possessing is devoid of the mystery of God, 84; the man who possesses, 86; stirred up by desire for sensory things, 205; trial of 210; force of, 244; against the works of sinners, 250.

-Anthony, Saint, the Great, 130, 183, 219, 292, 346, 372-4.

-Apelles, Abba, 370.

-Apollo, Abba, 367 n.

-Apos (or Aphi), Abba, 176 n.

-Apostle, the, See Paul.

-Appetitive Aspect (see also Desiring Part) of the soul and theoria, 13, 324.

-Archangels (order of angels), 23, 131, 132.

-Arsenios, Saint: 112, 310, 373-4, 377; example of stillness, 218-20.

-Association, with men: with the iniquitous, with the righteous, 51; kiss hands and feet of men for their correction, 51-2; for the healthy of soul, 57; follow a lover of God, not a proud man, 85; with worldly men, 85; with youths, 87; with the children of the mysteries of God, 87, 88; with the indolent, 88, 94; evil for hesychast, 99; visits from others, 107-8; giving away what is needed, 108-9; with men suffering from various vices, 245; causes the soul of an ascetic to lose force, 272.

-Astonishment, See Wonder.

-Athanasios, Saint, the Great, 130, 372.

-Awe. See Wonder.

-Awestruck Wonder. See Wonder.




-Baltasar, 76.

-Baptism: mediator of every good, 9; receive an earnest by, 223, 227; grace of, renewed by repentance, 305.

-Basil, Saint, the Great, 18, 173, 202, 248.

-Belly, See Stomach.

-Blasphemy: that God has imposed the passions and sin on nature, 19; temptation of, 25; spirit of, 33; that spiritual prayer can be prayed, 118; trial of the proud, 210; permitted because of pride, 229; at time of darkness, 242; causes abandonment by God, 283; caused by pride 283; comes upon those who exalt themselves because of knowledge, 283.

-Blessing: begets blessing, 33.

-Body: not the image of God, 17; passions of, 19; will of soul different from will of, 20; created before the soul, 29, 234; love of, 54; cared for by Christ if endures hardship, 54; suffers for Christ, 161; how persuaded to live in privation, 168-9; that fears temptation is a friend of sin, 187; entreaty of, 187-8; motions of lower members of, 204-5; bodily trials of proud, 210-11; the discipline of, 213; things of, hinder boldness, 234; effects of compelling when weak, giving ease when strong, 235-6; insensible to tribulations when one drunken with hope, 236; rendered incorruptible at the resurrection, 252; the first




degree of knowledge dominated by, 258; God provides for needs of if our care is for virtue, 288; adorn-




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ment of, 306; exhaustion of, causes lethargy and coldness, 308; how affected by excessive food, 325-6; grace provides for things pertaining to, 354; not grieved by tribulations when heart is zealous, 357; love for and possessions, 360-1; through reflection on future things, rise above, 389; be aloof from things of, 389; members of become limp through soul's stupefaction, 393.

-Boldness: 360; suffering contempt gives, 29; caused by obedience to God, 48; from constant converse with God, 48; condemnation of conscience prevents, 49; obtains its request, 73; increased by withdrawal from men, 85; comes from virtue and a good conscience, 203; boundary of free will, 230; hindered by things of the body, 234; acquired by love shown in suffering affliction, 295; human knowledge impedes, 353.

-Bows, see Prostrations.




-Cain, 74.

-Captivity, divine: description of, 119, 239-40; of divine love, 154; in the saints caused by remembrance of God, 183; by unceasing converse with the Saviour, 333.

-Care (or Concern): for God alone, 38, 288, 303; for needs of nature, 39; monk must be without temporal, 53; for comforts, contrary to hope in God, 64; man having many cannot be meek, 98; many, proof of slackness, 98; freedom from worldly, 302-3; in the world we cannot be without, 343; many activities collect many, 349; cast on God, 352, 360; must have for needs, 390; perception of God's through grace, 390-1.

-Cell: 106, 107, 108, 222, 270, 322; sweep of every delicacy, 38; bonds of, 39n; of the superior or friends, 94; sit in, 97; things bestowed within, 125-8; cleft where God spoke to Moses, 126; a reminder in, 148-9; works within, 156; ship of, 156; should be poor and mean, 169; occupation of monk in, 177-8; monk produces fruit in, 232; stay within to be ignorant of the wicked deeds of men, 247; do not make a hospice, 270; becomes a dungeon, 320; idleness and illness in, 380; do not leave at times of darkness, 388; devil strives to make a man leave, 388.

-Change(s) (or Variations): 284; outer causes inner, 5; nothing in this life free of, 43 and n; man is subject to, 47, 70; of nature at renewal of all things, 83; from coldness to fervor, 103; of human nature, 104, 338; that occur in cell, 126; of the mind, 127; of love, 146; produced by interaction of opposites, 153; and joy, 153; God joined to all things, 153; dissimilar offspring of, 157; caused by love, 158-9; caused in solitary by seeing and hearing unaccustomed things, 221; of the heart that has received spiritual consolation, 233; of knowledge, 258; many during life, 282; can be made in our life here, 301; our two, 311, 320; human existence subject to, due to bodily humors, 327; pass through all men, 335; from warfare to grace, 336; exaltation and falls, 338; from virtue to vice, 340; of the understanding, 392.

-Chastisement (or Punishment): of God silences an audacious man, 13; conceit precedes, 229; God chastises with love, not vengeance, 230; is for correction, 230; bear in the place of others, 247; not for the mere movement of thoughts, 309; in insignificant and lofty matters, 320; by trials, 362.

-Chastity: 246; who is chaste, 5; avoids disgrace at time of prayer, 31; obtained by banishing thoughts, 55; fierce conflict over, 150-1; intellect's wings sprout from womb of, 157; wash with tears, 160; and fasting, 171; born of, 197; and conversation with a




woman, 244; and humility, 245; and wandering, 307; from fasting, 325, 326; defiled by satiety, 326; is endangered until death, 363; visiting the sick preserves, 380.

-Cherubim, 101, 112, 274.

-Church: 278; monastic life the boast of, 77; belief of concerning tears, 83; established prayers of, 151.

-Clemency: beginning of divine wisdom, 243; with respect to evil, 246.

-Coldness: from distraction, 58; from remembrance of worldly matters, 80; from the enemy, 90; from converse with men, 98; God permits for trial, 103; from indolence, 191; to works from the first degree of knowledge, 261; from complete exhaustion of body, 308.

-Combat: this time is a time of, 342.

-Comfort, bodily. See Ease.

-Comfort, spiritual. See Consolation.

-Comfort, worldly (see also Ease): when deny, receive the joy of God, 85; fools prefer, 202.

-Commandments: twofold, 7, 378; temptation of breaking, 26-7; excel all treasures, 42; terminate in purity of heart, 116; God abides in those who keep, 183; performed with




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afflictions, 205; the working of is virtue, 282; given for soul's amendment, 282; kept assiduously by those who fear God, 378.

-Companions, monastic: separation from at Judgment, 73; monk who separates himself from, 363.

-Compassion. See Mercy.

-Compunction: 248, 340; and prostrations, 38; gift of, 236; found in psalmody, 269; a purifying herb, a fire of a furnace, 306.

-Conceit (or Self-esteem, Presumption): causes temptation of blasphemy and pride, 25; cause of cessation of tears, 60; deliberations of, brought to naught by humility, 69; of monks who do not thank God for their discipline, 185; man surrenders himself to warfare through, 190; movement of members caused by, 205; precedes chastisement, 229; pray concerning, 308; delusion follows, 309; afflictions keep from, 330; dissipates the soul through imaginings, 348; intricate deliberations attended by, 351; attended by separation from God, 351; grace causes temptations to increase because of, 355; causes a man to show no mercy, 379.

-Concern. See Care.

-Concerns. See Affairs.

-Confession: and forgiveness, 152; of iniquities lessens trials and afflictions, 362-3.

-Confidence (or Trust): in God, 42; in temptations, 45; iniquitous man has none in temptations, 49; in God, good and false, 63-6; like poison, 135; breeds contempt, 136; born of the testimony of the mind, 203; accompanies faith, 254, 266; prayer with, 295; human knowledge impedes, 353.

-Confusion: from relaxation, 154; produced by darkness of soul, 233; caused by sight of people in the world, 234; is the chariot of the devil, 268-9; caused when the night's discipline is disturbed, 308.

-Conscience: 291, 299; good witness of, 5, 52, 141, 164; and death, 8; purity of, 54, 246; weakened by association with men, 57; censure of, 151; and a work of leisure, 161; must not trample upon, 170; good testimony of gives birth to hope and courage, 202-3; pricking of, 227; uprightness of, 235; woken up to God by guarding of the tongue, 272.




-Consolation: 127; of faith and suffering wrongs, 43; born of weeping, 178; in proportion to afflictions, 209; born of patience, 211, 212; in monk's heart, 232; changes the heart, 233; in despondency, 242; faith is, 257; eternal life is, 298; of hope through faith, 312; and divine vision, 364.

-Contrition: proud man knows no, 283; none without repentance, 305; through a gift of grace, 306; and silence, 307; gift of pure prayer deposited in, 311.

-Conversation(s): 245, 300, 316; ignorance born of unruly, 53; with youths, 94; with women, 94, 244; with other men chill the mind, 99; monk harmed by, 232, obscures soul, 232; produce darkness, 233; intellect insufficient to carry on two forms of, 234; and repentance, 244; with wise men, 246; a humble man does not take pleasure in, 348.

-Converse: inward and outward, 35; exchange of one for another, 36; with God, 183, 203, 300, 303, 333; of the heart, 333.

-Cornelius, Saint, 120.

-Courage: given by grace, 184; temptations of the courageous, 190-3; causes of, 202; begotten by zeal, 357; and non-possessiveness, 360-1.

-Cowardice: caused by lack of faith, 5, 202; caused by love of flesh, 5, 202; fear for soul wilts fear for body, 15; devil's temptation of the cowardly, 189-90; and possessions, 361.

-Cross of Christ: 248, 314, 345-6, 355; glory of, 13; prostrations before, 38, 39, 97, 105;

making the sign of, 315, 365.

-Cross taken up by Christian: 357; twofold activity of taking up of, 13, 161; is a volition ready for every affliction, 168; is the path of God, 289, 290; achievement of every virtue is, 355; is the door to mysteries, 364; knowledge of is concealed in the suffering of, 364.

-Cyril, Saint, of Alexandria, 251.




-Daniel and the Three Youths, 27, 43.

-Darkness: 235, 329, 334; beginning of the intellect's, 12; caused by recollection of things close at hand, 36; sign of emergence from, 59; in life of stillness, 81; what to do during, 81, from demons, 138; born of gluttony, 199; idleness and vain talk are, 233; causes confusion, 233; caused by disorderly life, 233; cannot escape if defeated by the tongue, 236; the time of, and what to do, 241-2; faith is hidden during, 248; reflect upon former righteous thoughts during, 281; of soul of those who are abandoned, 284; deliverance through humility, 284; from over-eating, 308; noetic Gehenna, 313; divested through experience of




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immortal life, 321; kneeling most helpful during, 387; beware of despair during, 388; noetic, 395.

-Darkness, outer: being outside God, a figure of Hell, 14, 395; being outside the knowledge of the truth, 396.

-David, the Prophet, 66, 75, 259.

-Death: 160, 363; and the conscience, 8; better to die in struggles, 23, 61, 188; to world and evil thoughts brings divine sweetness, 39; of the soul, 72; does not exist with God, 133; a dispensation, 133; preparation for shows understanding, 164; sleep of, 166; preparation for gives strength in afflictions, 168; dissolution of, 180-1, 315; when feared and when longed for, 231; monk looks toward, 231; to the world, 235; do not fear, 237; thought of, 238, 311; day of should be set as the banner of victory, 281; put as a limit to a beautiful work, 300; reckoned as naught through hope, 312; preparations for, 315; when not feared, 356, 360.




-Delight, spiritual (see also Joy, Sweetness): of pursuing wisdom, 5; caused by practice of mercy, 7; of things to come, 11, 56; is within a man, 11; from vigil, 102; in prostrations, 125; the bond of, 146; preceded by afflictions, 157; of Scripture, 166.

-Delusion: which takes away profitable recollections, 58; by demons through false revelations and dreams, 193; through phantasies, 194; follows conceit, 309; how to recognize enemy's, 328; human knowledge never far from delusion, 353; humility guards a man from, 379.

-Demons. See Devil.

-Desert: passions abate in, 4; stillness in, 179; God cares for the needs of His servants in, 186, 309; thoughts in differ from thoughts in world, 222; God's power seen perceptibly in, 355; why the Fathers went out to, 358-9.

-Desire: for virtue fires zeal, 274; for good, 286; for divine vision combats the passions, 299; for God, 302.

-Desiring Aspect or Part (see also Appetitive Aspect) of soul: 273; helps divine vision, 13; belongs naturally to soul, 18.

-Despair: of no profit, 72n; do not fall into due to warfare, 73; beware of, 127; devil tries to throw men into, 194; during time of darkness, 241; sinner should not, 282, 343; do not fall into because of stumblings, 314; and accidental falls, 336; and change, 337; do not fall into because of temptations, 375; during periods of darkness beware of, 388.

-Despondency (or Accidie): 319, 388; cuts off prayer, 127; followed by dispersion and wandering from place to place, 154; part of the sowing of the spiritual seed, 182; what to say during, 188; born of gluttony, 199; trial of, 210; soul suffocated by, 211; like a passing cloud, 233; followed by joy, 233; two kinds of, 242; born of distraction, 269; during, we possess the comfort of hope, 312; reading gives a weapon against, 318; vigil without, 367.

-Devil (or Enemy, Satan, Demons): brings temptations at the beginning of a good work, 42; angels give aid in warfare against, 44; fall of Satan, 47; obedience to, 72; warfare of, 73; driven away by meditation, 84; driven away by divine vision, 86; visual power of, 130; derivation of name 'Satan', 133; modes of vision employed by, 137-8; teach men evil, 138; cannot teach divine vision, 138; open door to when neglect prayer, 151; terrified by the weapon of fasting, 172; labors protect from, 173; the four methods of the warfare of, 189-96; rejoices at ease of the flesh, 205; brings encounters to disturb stillness, 217; darkened soul a guide to, 235; wars against remembrance of death, 238; manifest phantasies and apparitions, 267-8; recollections stirred by, 268; 6,000 years experience, 269; power of, restrained by divine providence, 270-1; power of, 284; man like an infant before, 284; vanquished by humility alone, 284; causes semblance of good desire to enter a man, 286; when compels toward good, 286; is pleased with a life of comfort, 293; angels and powers of, 334; grace puts to flight, 354; cannot withstand soul's natural zeal, 357; wages war against vigil, 371-3; becomes like dust before the humble man, 383; strives to prevent kneeling, 387-8; strives to make a man leave his cell, 388; cannot approach a man during sleep if God's grace present, 393.

-Diligence: ponder upon former, 10; and involuntary sin, 71-2; and vigilance preserve health of soul, 299.

-Diogenes, the Cynic, 279.

-Dionysios, Saint, 118, 131n.

-Discernment (or Discretion): consists in, 133; man engaged in vain affairs has none, 152; born of, 198; clouded by, 199; and experience, 208; of trials, 209; is natural

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righteousness judged according to, 246; of recollections, 268; through prayer, 286, 287; and struggle with the passions, 299; enter stillness with, 319, 328; of the state of the soul, 331-4; great is the work of, 380.



-Discipline (or Way of Life): succession of, 60, 96-7, 304; each has its own time, 107, 379; of the body, of the mind, of the spirit, 213-5; of soul and body, 234; of faith, 257; spiritual, 257, 262; progress in, 311.

-Discretion. See Discernment.

-Dispassion: 257; works combined with stillness produces, 173; and mourning, 178; explanation of, 298-9; sign of, 326; definition of, 347-8; cannot be achieved outside of the state of stillness, 395.

-Dispersion. See Distraction.

-Distraction (or Dispersion, Wandering): from activity of senses, 4; of works confuses the intellect, 53; when despised, one beholds the Lord, 84; arises from relaxation of members and despondency, 154; conquered by study of spiritual knowledge, 157; produced by worldly wisdom, 234; gives birth to the passions, 235; born of lassitude in works, vain conversation, or full stomach, 269; reading gives weapon against, 318; when the soul is found in spacious freedom, 362.

-Divine Vision (or theoria): and praxis, 7, 13, 378; filters out the noetic part of soul, 13; must be preceded by praxis, 13; virtue incomplete without, 14; a second soul, 14; is spirit of revelation 14; is perception of divine mysteries, 14; of the Deity is soul's supernatural state, 18; primary theoria, divine theoria, 23n; and humility, 32; of God's judgments, 33; and tears, 34, 83; simplicity of, 34; effects of, 36; in the Kingdom, 56; belonging to the virtues is the wing of the intellect, 59; soul of good man gladdened by, 85; drives away demons, 86; gives birth to fervor, 96; definition of, 113, 114; of the angels, 113-4; file for the mind, 134; uniformity and ununiformity of, 135-6; of Divinity given by grace alone, 139; of Divinity possible for angels because of Christ's incarnation, 139; when lacking, 156, occupation of the discerning intelligence, 156n; causes spiritual love, 157; preceded by knowledge of God, 161; steals away the awareness of the world, 161; is spiritual prayer, 183; immaterial, 213; of God's glory, 213; hypostatic, 214; falling away from vision of God, 215; the faith of, 227; sweetness of enters the labors of repentance, 232; that is produced by recollection of death, 238-9; that results from righteous works and repentance, 239-40; beginning of spiritual, 240; into the verses of psalmody is born of stillness, 241; swallows up knowledge, 259; desire for, combats the passions, 259; is mortification of the heart, 306; steals away awareness of the passions, 322; noetic vision is natural knowledge, 323; arises from a virtuous way of life, 324; when men strive for without possessing health of soul, 325; of the saints, 348; is the Kingdom of the Heavens, 353; gives birth to consolation, 364; the Spirit of, 384; humility perfects the soul through, 384; fulfills the commandment of the love of God, 378; preceded by praxis, 378-9; of the eternal effulgence is the Kingdom of God, 395.

-Dogma (or Doctrine): flee discussions of, 95.

-Dominions (order of angels), 131, 132.

-Doubt: 242; follows fear, is followed by investigation, 255; ocean of, 284.

-Dreams: impure, 90, 199; angels manifest likenesses of the saints in, 267.

-Drunkenness (or Inebriation): when entrust cares to God, 39; by hope, 60, 236, 347; in awestruck wonder, 121, 179, 263; of the saved through love, 141, 341; with lust, 152; of saints with love, 159; from divine love, 239; of joy, 312; of thoughts, 326; with the love




of God causes insensibility to passions, 363; through remembrance of the Fathers, 370.




-Earnest: 231, 263, 300, 368; of the Kingdom, 11 and n; rest as, 153; through faith, 223; of good things to come bestowed through vigil, 373.

-Ease (or Rest, Repose, Comfort, Leisure): love of prevents divine fervor, 36; gives birth to pleasure of sin, 157; work of, 161; passions aroused by, 170; passions nourished by, born of, 205; devil rejoices over, 205; injures soul more than demons, 235; and a strong body, 235-6; scorn of, 250, 360, 361; no man has ascended to Heaven by, 290; spirit of the devil dwells in those who live in, 293; God restrains His servants from, 294; thoughts of cowardice engendered by, 356; the evil effects of the hope of and search for, 356-7; and possessions, 360-1.

-Economy. See Oeconomy.

-Eli, 75.

-Elias (Elijah), the Prophet, 18, 76, 172.




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-Elisseus (Elisha), the Prophet, 23, 55, 76.

-Enemy. See Devil.

-Ephraim, Saint, the Syrian, 43, 301.

-Epiphanios, Abba, 338n.

-Esaias (Isaiah), the Prophet, 49, 259.

-Estrangement: be always a stranger, 33; life of, aids forbearance of wrongs, 50; definition of, 54.

-Eucharist, Holy, 92, 106, 120, 177.

-Euchites. See Messalians.

-Evagrios, Abba, 306 and n, 313, 316.

-Eve, 71.

-Evil: demons cause knowledge of, 138; not implanted in our nature, 138; offspring of free will, 146; let no man suffer through you, 313; take pains to deliver others from, 313.

-Expectation: help provided by, 127-8; of the resurrection, 305.

-Experience: 241, 242; the words of men who speak from, 8, 34, 267; writings from, 32; of heaviness during vigil, 103; of devil in warfare, 193; learned from trials, 200; definition of, 208; requisite for giving advice, 208; teaches all, 220; of evils gives taste for the good, 295; knowledge gained from is sweet and powerful, 295-6; of God's kindness strengthens faith, 334; of the delight of faith, 352; grace teaches by temptations, 355; on men who know from books but not from, 392; is the eye of knowledge, 392.

-Ezekiel, the Prophet, 75, 96.




-Failings. See Shortcomings.

-Faint-heartedness: evils of, 211; humility remedy for, 211.

-Faith: generates the fear of God, 3; power of 4; soul drunk with, 4; and baptism, 9; consolation of, 43; righteous possess instead of knowledge, 65; door to mysteries, 223; natural knowledge precedes, 226; spiritual knowledge follows, 226; of divine vision, 227; a wise solitary guards, 232; is the unveiling of the understanding, 248; from instruction, from inner enlightenment, 248; and knowledge, 253-65; sees divine providence, 253-4; journeys above nature, 254; definition of two faiths, 262, 330; certainty of, 266; made firm by experience of God's help, 296; is heart's weapon, 312; covered by unbelief through heedlessness, 330; pray to experience the delight of, 352; strengthens the senses




of the soul, 352.

-Familiarity, 33, 90, 94.

-Fall: as a dry leaf from a tree, so a man from God, 184, 195; when forget God's gifts, 185; persisting in is total death, 249; do not despair because of, 314.

-Fantasy. See Phantasy.

-Fasting: 247; table of, 88; the faster, 89; and association with men, 89; and vigil, 171; definition and purpose of, 171-3; of Christ, 172; of martyrs, 172-3; fruits of perpetual, 197-8; after conversations cannot keep rule of, 272.

-Fear: sign of absence of wisdom, 8; for soul causes bodily fear to wilt, 15; of soul before lofty things restrains shamelessness, 35; together with love, 135; binds aberration, 136; devil tries to instill in beginners, 189-90; cuts off slothfulness, 198; when suffering temptations, 209; monk dominated by during this life, 231; during time of darkness, 241; of Gehenna, 248, 251, 304; when faith is hidden, 248; accompanies knowledge, 254; for virtue awakens zeal, 274; for the body is satanic, 274; of the Judgment, 297; humble man never possessed by, 349; and the acquiring of possessions, 361; caused by temptations compels the soul to pray, 361.

-Fear of death: scorned, 4; distresses a man with a guilty conscience, 8; when a man is negligent, 297; when a man lives according to the flesh, 297; and carnal man, 297.

-Fear of God: beginning of virtue, 3; offspring of faith, 3, 227; sown in the absence of distraction, 3, 4; beginning of true life, 4; impedes aberration, 6; brings to the Kingdom, 6; and love of God, 22; begets repentance, 223; guides to the spiritual paradise, 223; brings to love, 224-5; born of belief in the Creator, 227; gives birth to spiritual knowledge, 227; humility born of, 244-5; because of love for God, 251; divine providence draws nigh man who has, 276; soul that possesses does not fear anything that harms the body, 290.

-Fervor: expels mourning, 60; from activity that demands violence, 96; from divine vision, 96; begets tears, 96; when chilled, 99; to restore, 103; born of, 198; when man renounces the world, 231; caused by zeal, 273-4; of faith, 312.

-Forgetfulness: 41; of God, 47, 48; teaching from outward matter subject to, 58; of contranatural modes of knowledge, 177; of this world in age to come, 181; nature does not forget its own, 204; of self, 232, 240, 388; of the world through rumination on God, 390.




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-Forgiveness (or Remission, Absolution) of sin: none without repentance, 10; reception known when sin is hated, 141; none without confession, 152; sign of compassion, 230; God's, 314; do not sin expecting, 314; find with thoughts proper to humility, 338; humility even without works gains, 338.

-Fornication: vainglory servant of, 31; thoughts of, through vainglory, 58; because of pride, 104; aroused by satiety, 198-9, 204-5, 325-6; trial of, 210; permitted because a man is uplifted, 229; struggle against by standing, 367; visiting the sick combats, 380.

-Freedom and Free Will (see also Liberty): and reason, 4, 134, 230 and n, 311; do not bind with pleasure, 31; ceases in state beyond prayer, 116, 119; and accidental occurrences, 123; is bound by compulsion, 134, 135, 146; good and evil deeds offspring of, 146; time when abolished, 146; of spirit, 236; abandoned through laxity, 249; not perfect in this imperfect age, 262; of Christ, 300; fatherland of, where nature will be perfect, 341.

-Freedom from possessions (or Poverty, Non-possessiveness): affords time for study of




Scripture, 3; exalts above the world, 37; teaches patience, 38; frees from turmoil of thoughts, 45; requires preparation to endure tribulations, 207; requires casting off the activity of the senses, 207; commandment of, 303; precedes stillness, 304; loved by a humble man, 348; a weapon, 358; causes recollection of departure from life, 360; results of the lack of, 360-1.




-Gehenna (or Hell): figure of, 14; to fall away from the Kingdom is, 57; does not exist with God, 133; a fruit of sin, 133; torment of, 141; and chastisement here, 153; foretaste of, 211; fear of, 248, 251, 304; and the grace of the resurrection, 251; darkness is noetic, 313.

-Gender, Opposite: cause of sin, 41; do not speak with, 94; do not eat with, 95; warfare through beauty of, 194, 205; and conversation with, 244, 361; encountering causes soul of ascetic to lose force, 275.

-Gentleness: beginning of divine wisdom, 243.

-Glory of God: 7; shown to humble of heart, 50; divine vision of, 87; overshadows soul, 91; perceive when hold human glory in contempt, 161; vision and intuitions of, 213; intellect exalted by astonishment at, 214-5; seen by the two eyes of the soul, 223; taste of, 277.

-Gluttony: 250; table of, 88; fruits of, 198-9; produces motions in the body's lower members, 204; mouth of a glutton, 246.

-Goal (or Aim): works having purity as, 7; devil chooses warfare according to a man's, 189; and works, 203; establish for the practice of stillness, 319, 321, 328; set labors and

grief as, 356.

-God: things of, come of themselves, 13, 396; conceived of in material images, 59; not seen by noetic essences, 130; permits devil to tempt men, 194-5; helps men in temptation, 195; property of does not change, 251; looks to the consummation of a man's life, 282; do not make trial of, 291-2; when beheld as He is, 302; union with through pondering on death, 316; love of, for men, 345-6, 355; on being clothed with, 346; bears the burden of our weakness, 375; inclines to a man's will in what is good, 394; when conceived of by passionate man, 396.

-God, gifts of: 69, 209, 372, 373, 391-2; distinctions of in world to come, 55-6; procured through vigil, 101; in divine vision, 116; received during prayer, 121; distinctions in those given to men, 185; before or after a trial, 209; strengthen the will, 278; free of trials are a disaster, 282; what to do when receive, 282.

-God, how to draw nigh to: 3, 233, 297; through temptations, 26; three ways, 53; when

craving God's help, 68, 69.

-God, power of: encompasses zealous, 191; man casts off through self-confidence, 191n; how to know when absent, 195; God does not manifest without need, 291; known when withheld, 296.

-God, things of: come of themselves when the place is clean, 13, 396; abandoned for vainglory, 288; divine vision of, 322.

-God, vision of: 139; in this world and the next, 231; creation could possess without the Incarnation, 381.

-God, wonders of: 179-81; understood from Gospels, 34.

-Good, intellect naturally moved toward, 138; implanted in our nature, 138; offspring of free will, 146; how discerned, 287; taste for acquired by experience of evils, 295.

-Grace: opens eyes, 34; bestowed in the Kingdom, 56; light of, 81; mother of all, 82; of divine vision, 96; and angels, 113; new man of, 121; visitation of, 125; grants the divine




vision of Divinity to angels and men, 139; bestows unceasing prayer, 182; gives fortitude to ascetics, 185; teaches men who entrust themselves to God, 192; and temptations, 208- 9; preceded by humility; 229; sinner cannot be reconciled




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with at the resurrection, 251; of resurrection, 252; of the Spirit, 262; abundantly poured out on man, 272; contrition and compunction bestowed by, 306; action of in discernment, 323-4; enables perception of the truth, 325; habit and, 326; variations with warfare, 336; in working of, 337; enables a man to stand, 338; provides what is profitable for a man, 338; delight of the Kingdom tasted by, 353; the workings of, for those who entrust themselves to God, 354-5; settles on a man, 364; bestows the power of humility on the perfect, 383; reveals God's care and providence to a man 391; manifested through revelation to the intellect, 391; visitation, protection, of during sleep, 392-3; examines for purity, 393; makes the soul's splendor blossom through purity, 394.

-Grave, the (or Tomb): the true Sabbath, 142, 143; Sheol, 166n, 315; is the harvest, 300.

-Gregory, Saint, the Theologian, 32, 121, 248.

-Grief. See Sorrow.




-Habit: 311, 326; subject to the will, 135; renunciation of former, 167; cutting off and forgetting of, 168, 169; fear more than enemies, 245; made stronger by fulfilling desire of, 245.

-Hades (or Sheol): 166, 175, 252, 315, 395, 396.

-Handwork: allocated for the weak, 38; disturbs rule of prayer, 108; do not use for avarice, 270; according to need, 309; secondary work, 333.

-Hatred: of sin, 150, 152; do not have for sinners, 250; of the world, 303-4, 364; of lust born of fear, 304.

-Health: of soul, 32, 243; required for helping others, 57; God's chastisement promotes, 230; sign of, 285; from patience, 298; preserved by vigilance and diligence, 299; signs of, 331-3.

-Heart: when receives the fear of God, 3; purity of, 21; contains the inner senses, 21; beholds the Lord, 84; guarded by hymns, 156n; mediator between senses of body and soul, 158; hope is wisdom of, 203; noetic discipline is work of, 213-4; of monk receives heavenly matter, 232; changed by spiritual consolation, 233; resurrection of senses deadens, 235; boldness of in prayer, 236; when the assaults of the passions do not approach, 298; dead to world is astir in God, 306; progress of, 311; budding of, 311; converse of, 333; merciful, definition of, 344-5; when zealous, body not grieved by tribulations, 357; afflicted by pity is sign of limpid purity, 392; the new heaven is stamped in a pure, 396; spiritual knowledge a pure, 396.

-Heaven. See Kingdom.

-Hell. See Gehenna.

-Help: of God, 67-70, 184-5; given by solitaries to others, 111; given by God to those who help their neighbors, 229-30; when not provided by knowledge, 256; of God necessary to realize the good, 286; without need God does not manifest by a visible sign, 291; of God understood during temptations, 296; experience of produces firm faith, 296; why we do not receive, 387.

-Heresy: a stumbling from which there is no recovery, 18; beware of reading doctrines of heretics, 33.

-Hesychasts. See Solitaries.




-Honor (or Praise): flees the man who desires it, chases the man who does not, 50; from creatures, 50; show to others, 51-2, 229, 236; it seems sweet, 84; despise for the sake of stillness, 217; causes insanity, 284; causes slavery to the world, 306; disdain for, 360.

-Hope (see also Confidence): for present life enfeebles the mind, 61; in God, good and false, 63-6; if die in hope of perfection, still receive, 80; of future things, 156n; in God acquired by doing His will, 203; rejects subservience to the body, 203; temporary loss of, 210; assurance of through divine vision, 213; drunkenness of the joy of, 236; effaced during darkness of soul, 241; produces peace, 248; uplifts, fortifies the heart, 248; with knowledge of the truth, 297; joy of, 311; delight of, 312; effects and action of, 346-7.

-Humility: free of snares, 24; attains to divine vision through self-constriction, 31; brings chastity, 31; mysteries revealed to the humble, 35; of soul honored by God, 42; and almsgiving, 42; receives mercy from God, 50, 354; God shows His glory to the humble, 50; perfection of, 55; test of, 55; prayer of humble man, 59; make man a god upon earth, 60; caused by prayer for divine help, 68; perfects a man's work, 69; anything possessing is comely, 80; humble man has the Lord within him, 84; imitate Christ's, 90; no rest from passions before reaching, 159; fruit of knowledge, 162; taught by warfare, 205; trials of the humble, 209-10; destroys the barriers of




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evils, 211; disperses wickedness, 212; is knowledge of one's weakness, 229; precedes grace, 229; understanding of God's recompenses brings, 230; born of fear of God, of love of God, 244-5; born of joy, 245; and understanding, 247; and peace, 247; true knowledge makes the soul perfect by, 259; recompense given for, 282; born of mourning, 282; protects the labor of great men, 282; beg God for, 284; is light wherein the love of Christ is found, 284; only thing that vanquishes demons, 284; sign of attainment of, 298; beginning of repentance, 306; is perception of God, 306; with discernment is true knowledge, 306; even without works gains forgiveness, 338; all works in vain without, 338; perfection is, 344; definition of, 344; ways of acquiring, 345; on the special characteristics of, 348-50; and faith, 351; is the raiment of the Godhead, 381; on the loftiness of, the nature of, and how to acquire, 381-5; on the humble man, 382-5; through gift of wonder, 391.

-Husbandry. See Works.




-Idleness: of intellect causes pollution, 12; of stillness, 32, 317, 375, 380; causes diffusion of the mind, 80; lovers of, 108; conceals sure death, 151; is darkness, 233; injures soul more than demons, 235; and a strong body, 235-6; protraction of prayer is not, 307; that is superior to work, 391.

-Ignorance: abolished, 56; sins from, 71; of intellect when held by wonder, 122; permitted because of presumption, 229; illusions of, 307; hide soul's treasures, 394.

-Illness: administered for health of soul, 46; do not wage war with body during, 103; vanquishes the slothful, 195; of soul, 243; on ministering to the sick, 377-80; not a cause of complete departure from the cell, 380.

-Incensive Aspect (Part) of soul: helps praxis, 13; belongs naturally to soul, 18; sets zeal astir, 273; helps endurance of tribulations, 257.

-Inebriation, spiritual. See Drunkenness.

-Infirmity. See Weakness.

-Ink, writings of: 13, 32; can falsify the truth, 36, 39, 58n, 392.

-Instruction: human, 37; twofold conferred by God, 41; by angels and demons, 138-40.




-Intellect: cviii-cix; nakedness of, 23n, 213, 216; and senses, 31; must acquire wing of divine vision, 59; radiance of the Father beheld in, 84; darkened by exhalation of stomach, 99; can move toward good uninstructed, but not toward evil, 138; glorified with Jesus, 161; kingship of is crucifixion of the body, 162; strays when eyes wander and belly is at ease, 200; the second activity brings all revelations to, 240; activity of in the third degree of knowledge, 261-3; strengthened by reading, 318; renewal of through night- vigil, 320; definition of, 323; when sound and unsound, 323; when caught away from shameful thoughts, sign of dispassion, 326; of dispassionate man, 347-8; hardens body against temptations, 357; occupation of during vigil, 367-71; is a man's spiritual nature, 391; tears produced when beholds spiritual things, 392.

-Intuitions (or Insights): of God, 32; of the understanding, 34; from death to world, 39; of Divinity and of the angels, 113-4; of wisdom, 163; who has illumined, 164; born of, 197; of God's majesty, 213; unseeing, concerning the Divine nature, 263; caused by repentance, 305.

-Isaac, the Patriarch, 57.




-Jacob, the Patriarch, 8, 43, 57.

-Jeremias, the Prophet, 27, 49.

-Jesus Christ: Divinity and humanity, 18; oeconomy of, 28; life and joy of the pure, 85; is the Bread whereby the ages of the new world are sustained, 88; theoria concerning the Incarnation, 113; angels receive revelations through, 139; door opened by Incarnation, 139; the Great Friday, 143; the Sabbath of, 143; intellect glorified with, 161; fasting of, 172; the heavenly Bread, 224; the Pearl, 232; died for sinners, 246; wept for Jerusalem, 250; knowledge of, 260; signs that the world and the flesh are more alive in a man than, 276-7; demands soul's amendment, 282; Mediator of our life, 301; sum of all is that God surrendered His own Son to death for love, 345-6; death of, 364; gives an example for vigil, 370-1; clothed Himself with humility in the Incarnation, 381; glory of, seen on Sinai, 381; has renewed the fragrance of Adam, 383.

-Jesus of Navi (Joshua), 43, 69, 120.

-Job, the Much-Suffering, 42, 195, 289.

-John the Baptist, Saint, 75, 120.

-John Chrysostom, Saint, 227.

-John, Abba, of Thebes (or John of Lykopolis), 111, 377.

-John the Theologian (or the Virgin), 76, 224.




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-Joseph, the Patriarch, 8, 27.

-Joy (see also Delight, Sweetness): from voluntary endurance of calumny, 49-50; that comes of faith is a monk's wealth, 54; and prayer, 68; with no apparent cause, 125; beware of unchanging, 153; over Christian hope, 166; corporeal, awakens lustful movements, 206; when suffering temptations, 209; increases with the love of God, 212; in stillness soul of solitary is filled with, 232; follows despondency, 233; sign of resurrection of the spiritual man, 235; drunkenness of, 236; man humbled because of, 245; love is the haven of, 245; in Christ causes dispassion in affliction, 276, 277, 278; two cannot abide in one man simultaneously, 294; in God stronger than this present life, 298; from hope is a lure for the soul, 311; in stillness, 320; stills the tongue, 333; two joys, 333; endurance of afflictions with, 360; during vigil, 367.

-Judgment to come: 160; alms a cause of mercy at, 42; recollection of, 297; preparation




for, 301; rumination upon, 305.

-Justice: rise above path of, 30; of God, 136, 230, 250-1; and mercy of God, 244; does not belong to the Christian way of life, 246; of God does not take vengeance, 314; of the Judge of all, 362.






-Kingdom to be (or of the Heavens, of God, the Future State, the World to come): delight of, 11; explanations of 'many mansions' in, 55-6; no sorrow in, 56; not three states, but two, 56-7; within a man if he is pure, 84, 85; state of, 160; is love, 224; perception of, 231; knowledge of, 312; delight of experienced, 333, 353; nature will not be susceptible to changes in, 341; God opens the gate of, 353; definition of, 353; disdained for the hope of comfort, 356; results of rumination upon, 388-9; the bond of, 390; of God is noetic theoria, 395.

-Kneeling. See Prostrations.

-Knowledge: spiritual comes after performing the virtues, 22; of Christ makes works sweet, 29; on full stomach no knowledge of divine mysteries, 33; place taken by faith, 65; state of knowing, 118; beware of without temptations, 153; first stage of spiritual, 160; of God precedes love and divine vision of Him, 161; of all things from self-knowledge, 162; purity is forgetting contranatural modes of, 177; unitary, 214; natural and spiritual, 226-8; ascent of, 230; monk progresses to successive, 231; on the three degrees of, 253-63; and faith, 253-63; gained by experience of evils, 295; when natural, a man recollects the Judgment, 297; offspring of health of soul, 298; is the perception of life immortal, 298; true, is humility with discernment, 306; true, is a fountain of humility, 306; natural, is noetic vision, 323; on human and spiritual, 352-4; of many things without practice, 392; experience is the eye of, 392.




-Labor. See Works.

-Law, Mosaic: as opposed to the Gospel, 30.

-Laxity (or Heedlessness, Relaxation, Slackness, Sloth): deprives a man of hope in God, 64; as a cause of sin, 72; what it deprives a man of, 99; from many affairs, 103; followed by dispersion and confusion of thoughts, 154; body must be estranged from the causes of, 168, 169; devil watches for a time of, 191; at beginning, 192; also harms those who see it, 236; on what is born of, 249; deprives soul of health, 299; causes of lethargy, 308; when enters the soul, 329-30.

-Lazarus, the poor man, 276.

-Leisure. See Ease.

-Liberty: is freedom in bad sense, 4; caused by reason, 4; produces aberration, 4; impeded by fear and shame, 6; causes instability of mind, 6; time when abolished, 146; of the intellect ceases, 161.

-Life: path of, 3, 39; beginning of true, 4; of the pure of soul is Christ, 85; of age to come, 179; discovery of other life needed to renounce this one, 235; joy in God is stronger than, 298; immortal, definition of, 298; description of, 301; seed of, from repentance, 305; true mortification is movement of, 306; fulfillment of, 316; immortal, experience of, 320-1; faith and humility a fountain of, 351.

-Light: spiritual, 12; of grace, of gladness, 81; of the Trinity in the soul, 85, 121; of the Holy Spirit, 86; of motion is spiritual sight, 130; creation of refers to angelic orders, 132; of the soul, 137; sensible and spiritual, 323.

-limpid purity: difficult to regain, 22; definition of, 22n; of mercy, 55n; faith and mercy bring, 60; preceded by peace of thoughts, 96; man sees mysteries of God through, 96;




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-Liturgy (or Divine Service, Services, Office): 12 and n, 38, 114, 183, 272; communal church services, 125; sweetness during, 134; if divine vision not yet acquired, 156; steals distraction from the mind, 156n; guards heart, 156n; gluttony causes abandonment of, 199; overcome by darkness of soul, 241; delight in, 268; tears during, 307; performed by others, 317; of the invisible hosts, 321; when silence cuts short the verses during, 328-9; how to begin, 365; instructions for, 366-75.

-Love: of the flesh, 5; characteristics of, 158-9; cannot tarry in any mystery without beloved, 297; of self precedes all the passions, 361; of the world uprooted by temptations, 361.

-Love of God: incites a man to virtue, 22; preceded by the fear of God, 22; more initiated than labor for God, 37; implanted by deliverance from afflictions, 48; should be mixed with fear, 135; torments sinners, 141; bridles aberration in angels, 146; captivity of, 154, 183; caused by divine vision, 157; intellect ascends to, 157; workings of, 158-9, 245; preceded by knowledge of God, 161; is the perfection of all the fruits of the Spirit, 183; ignites tears, 183; shown by works, 203; increases with consolation, 212; realized in stillness, 220; is Paradise, 223; is the tree of life, 224; is God, 224; he who eats, eats Christ, 224; wine that 'maketh glad the heart of man', 224; the divine port, 224-5; humility born of, 244-5; not only because of His rewards, 251; unfailing, 268; toil and tribulation as a sacrifice of, 271; man possessing love for the world cannot attain to, 288; lovers of God live amid afflictions, 293; shown by suffering afflictions, 295; a cause of boldness in prayer, 295; swallows up fear, 297; state of sonship, 297; offspring of knowledge, 298; comes from prayer, 303; a lover of God loves a quiet life, 307; spiritual knowledge is the blossom of, 325; is the fruit of prayer, 325; found in the soul's self- renunciation, 325; proof of given in warfare, 337; grows by spiritual beholding of God, 339; of God for us and the crucifixion, 345-6; causes oblivion to afflictions and insensibility of passions, 363; operation of is simple and uncompounded, 378; the all- embracing portion, 379.

-Love of neighbor: 52; conceals God within, 23; that disturbs stillness, 109-10; activity two-fold, 145-6; before completion of repentance, 153; hesychasts do not concern themselves to maintain, 218; included in the love of God, 220; inspired by separation from men, 220; key to divine gifts, 234; description of the works of, 247; impossible with love of affluence, 306; show to all men, but keep distant, 314; sign of perfection, 345; is likeness to God, 346; examples of, 346; cannot love the world and love, 346; with this a man is clad with God, 346; cannot abide with pecuniary wealth, 361; the mind cannot be illumined by love of God without, 377; example of perfect, 378; observance is twofold, 378; that does not require sight, 389.




-Maccabees, 27.

-Madness, spiritual: of Paul, 39; of saints, 159.

-Makarios, Saint, the Great, 55n, 219, 292-3, 335-7, 339, 374, 377, 378.

-Mark, Saint, the Ascetic, 336, 337, 347, 355.

-Martinian, Abba, 73, 369.

-Martyrdom: to die for keeping the commandments, 23; in resisting sin, 150; of martyrs, 173, 184; suffering for the sake of good or evil men is, 246; in performing a beautiful work, 300; in trying to rescue sinners, 313.




-Meekness, 243, 250.

-Memory. See Recollection.

-Mercy: causes communion with God, 7; is likeness to God, 7, 8, 312, 376, 391; path to spiritual love, 8; deeds of require breadth of heart, 30; merciful man must rise above what is just, 30; definition of merciful man, 30-1, 54; shown by enduring injustice, by repaying evil with good, 55; that disturbs stillness, 109; feeds knowledge in the soul, 234; of God and justice of God, 244; of God not stemmed by vices of His creatures, 244; prayers of merciful men, 244; in tribulation God shows to soul great, 276; merciful man is his own physician, 312; merciful heart, definition, 344-5; follows humility like a shadow follows a body, 354; compassion on the afflicted, 363; brings near to God, 376; must be shown inwardly and outwardly, 376-80; sign of limpid purity, 392.

-Messalians, 5, 119 and n, 143, 336.

-Mind: cviii-cx; strengthened and illumined by reading, 33, 36; prayer purifies, 35; occupied with affairs, cannot approach divine things, 36; which leaves the remembrance of God, 85; fettered by the pursuit of wisdom, 163; held in bondage by vision of the new age, 181; the




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discipline of, 213-4; when freed of worldly concerns, becomes limpid, 302; concentration of, 307; when plunged inside a man, 329; God wishes the alteration of, 338; mind dies to passions, 339; cannot be illumined without love of neighbor, 377.

-Miracles (or Wonders, Signs): wrought by many who later fell, 32; prayer for is temptation of devil, 291, 292; the righteous shun, 292; narrations concerning, 292-3; working of, inferior to soul's progress, 334.

-Moderation: adorns all things, 7; eat with, 106; and righteous activity, 154.

-Monk (or Solitary): definition of, 54; ought to be an exemplar of profit, 77; virtues of, 77-8; must stand before the face of God, 98; not required to give alms, 109-11; should have no care, 111; life in the cell, 125-8; meditation of, 177-82; sight of worldly persons harmful to, 221; fixes his eye upon death, 231; watches prayer for guidance, 231; sails from knowledge to knowledge, 231; harmed by conversations, 232; guards his faith, 232; soul of filled with joy in stillness, 232; life of, and advice for, 318-22; does not perceive human affairs, 361; who separates himself from his companions, 363.

-Moses, the Prophet, 7, 18, 126, 259, 381.

-Moses, Abba, the Ethiopian, 97n.

-Motion(s): of prayer, 116-22; things spiritual transcend, 118-9; of noetic beings, 129-30; devil arouses, 194; mind's luminous, 197; of the lower members of the body, 204-5; of nature, 204-5; permitted because of conceit, 205; of divine revelations, 216.

-Mourning (or Weeping): 248, 268; definition of a mourner, 54; separates from the world, mortifies passions, 90; over mortality, 166; occupation in cell, 177-9; entrance into purity from, 178; accompanies natural knowledge, 227; virtue mother of, 282; gives birth to humility, 282; follow Christ by, 317; over this world, 389; man who possesses is invincible to the passions, 396; superior to joy, 396; weapon of, 396.

-Mouth: restrain from speech, 84; a silent interprets mysteries, 84.

-Murmuring: God chastises a man given to, 229; sign of lack of knowledge, 229.

-Mysteries, divine: no knowledge of on full stomach, 33; do not act shamelessly with regard to, 35; of future blessedness, 40; intellect beholds, 83; seen by heart that is free of anger, 85; within men, 87; revelations of given to angels, and angels give to men, 140; of the Lord's day, of the Sabbath, 142-4; of Christ, 160; of future state is spiritual prayer,




182; faith is the door to, 223; the third degree of knowledge searches out, 261; perception of, is knowledge of the truth, 297; of stillness, 319; stillness a harbor of, 319; saints set themselves apart so as to enter into, 321; power to bear, given to the humble, 384; humility is the fullness of all, 384; of the Spirit revealed only through purity, 394.

-Mysteries, Holy. See Eucharest.




-Narrations, 86, 89, 105-11, 184, 271, 272, 278-9, 392-3.

-Nature: what is natural is prior, 19; nature does not suppress its properties, 20; receptive to accidents, 46; war against, 103; human, subject to changes, 70, 104, 338; and aberration, 135; what is alien to requires a mediator, 138; folly of, 154; change of, 154; dominated by love, 154; has not the power to subdue a man's good volition, 204-5; power of for discernment of good, 227; knowledge keeps within the boundaries of, faith journeys above, 254; histories of philosophers show power laid up in human, 278; impotence of human, 296; definition of natures, 323.

-Night: standing during, 308; give more honor to prayer during, 308; delight of the day comes from activity during, 308; vigil during, 365-75; most revelations come during, 371.

-Night vigil: 308, 365-375, 371, 372.

-Nilos, Abba, of Sinai, 30n, 337.

-Noe (Noah), 49, 74.




-Occupations. See Affairs.

-Oeconomy, divine: 44, 180, 268, 312; different from the natural order, 7, 112; angels and demons teach men in accord with, 138; provides for visions and revelations, 175-6.

-Old Man, New Man, the: meaning of, 395.

-Ophni, 75.

-Opposite Gender. See Gender, Opposite.

-Osee (Hosea), the Prophet, 18.




-Pachomios, Saint, 374.

-Passions: abate in desert, 4; definition of, 14, 15; addition to nature, 17; in general, 17-9, 23n; easy to subdue in the beginning, 43; elude by recollection of virtues, 58; and three stages of spiritual life, 79; darkness of, 81; uprooted by study of God, 85; passionate man speaks of




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divine things passionately, 87; spring up in body like thorns, 143, 144; on origins and causes of, 151-2; like dogs, 154, 329; spiritual yearning combats, 156n; conquered by palpable virtues, 157; a wall impeding hidden virtues of the soul, 157; strengthened by proximity to things, 169; stillness required to recognize, 173; awakened by wandering, 198; sweetness of killed by tribulations, 205; nourished by ease, 205; consumed by love of God, 239; definition of, 298, 323; when the heart is dead to, 298-9; divine vision steals away awareness of, 322; obstruct divine vision from discernment, 323; turbulence of through excessive food, 325-6; and habit, 329; discernment of, 331-3; do not die, 339; and dispassion, 347; hinder perception of the new world, 361; insensibility to from love of God, 363; die through mourning, 389; polluted garment of hides soul's treasures, 394; mourning makes a man invincible to, 396.

-Patience: 243; explanation of, 211; from humility, 212; the power of, 235; tested by




temptations, 290; produces health of soul, 298; precedes abandonment of the world, 303; preceded by hatred of the world, hatred of lust, 303, 304.

-Paul, the Apostle: 27, 39, 83, 90, 135, 160, 223, 259, 289, 317, 341-2; madness of, 39;

example of, 112; weeping of, 389.

-Paul, the Hermit, 369n, 373.

-Peace: born when senses are collected, 22; make with soul rather than between men, 32; of thoughts after tears, 83, 96; to have must vanquish enemies first, 157; beware of unchanging 208; from good order, 233; gives birth to light in soul and mind, 233; of mind is perfect health, 243; zeal opposed to, 243; and humility, 247; produced by hope, 248; of mind disturbed by a lewd sight, 361.

-Perception: the earnest of the Kingdom is in its, 11; of the Kingdom, is the noetic operation of the Spirit, 11; in spiritual prayer, 182; of mysteries is spiritual knowledge, 227, 297; belonging to spiritual knowledge, 227; of future age, 231, 361; of our Creator, 240; of God is humility, 306; of the spiritual world, 311-2; the intellect is, 323; of the truth 325.

-Perfection: 300; stillness is summit (path) of, 38; of humility, 55; falling short of, 69; stage of, 80, 260; none here due to aberration, 135; of nature in the age to come, 136; in manner of life, 182; of purity, 183; of the fruits of the Spirit, 183; purity of intellect is, 215; foundation of, 233; of the mysteries, 263; approached through, 310; yoked to flesh and blood, 326-7; definition of, 344; sign of the attainment of, 345; humility given to the perfect, 383; of the gift of wonder, 392.

-Peter, the Apostle; 27, 43, 76, 120, 259, 289; denial of, 314.

-Phantasy (fantasy): of, or instead of, the truth, 35, 138, 325, 395; devilish seed of, 79-80;

devil manifests, 194, 267; from gluttony, 199; produced by satiety, 326; of passions, 332.

-Philosophers (or Philosophy): 208, 382; say that passions are innate, 17; words concerning gluttony by, 199; narration concerning, 202; examples of patience, of strength of will, 278-80; strayed from the truth, 325.

-Phinees, 75.

-Pleasure: of body strengthens the passions, 200.

-Possessions: make a slave of the passions, 30; definition of possessiveness, 30; and almsgiving, 110; evil effects of the acquisition of, 360; monk who has must provide for the poor, 377; love of, from closeness to the world, 388.

-Poverty. See Freedom from possessions.

-Powers (order of angels), 131, 132.

-Praise. See Honor.

-Praxis (or Righteous Activity): and theoria, 7, 383; speech born of, 8; purifies the passionate part of soul, 13; and moderation, 154; definition of, 214; nature ceases from when divine vision impeded, 324; the consciousness of the intellect does not require, 378; take up when destitute of theoria, 379.

-Prayer: sloth in brings darkness, 12; make fitting requests in, 23, 24; causes why not quickly answered, 24; concerning temptations, 25-6; and chastity, purity, 31; and vigil illumine intellect, 35; and mercy, 35; and reading, 36; cut off by wonder, 36; God does not answer quickly because of our negligence, 46; for divine help causes humility, 68; definitions of, 68, 117; God slow to answer so as to teach man his need of Him, 69; scatters darkness of passions, 81; two kinds of, 97; must be conjoined with bodily toil, 107; sweetness of, 115-6; divine vision of, 115-6, 117; on pure and on 'spiritual', 116-22; when transcended, 116-22, 160; mediator between natural and spiritual state, 119; gifts are received during,




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120-1; changes character of occurrences, 123-4; of reconciliation, 124; and expectation, 128; not judged for neglect of, 151; canonical established by revelation, 151; fasting mother of, 171; and tears, 178, 363; embraces all the works of stillness, 182; unceasing by grace of the Comforter, 182; definition of spiritual, 182-3; of the heart, 214; directs monk in his life, 231; key to understanding of Scripture, 233; divine vision into verses of, 241; time of darkness when cannot draw nigh to, 241; of merciful man, 244; fruit of undistracted, 248; laxity shames, 249; notations of the verses of, 266; necessary to determine what is good, 286; God leaves men to labor in, 291; translucence in, 302; needs exercise, 303; preceded by seclusion, 303; necessary to acquire love for God, 303; definition of, 303, 345; kneeling during, 307; tears are the fullness of, 307; during the night more precious, 308, 372; love is the fruit of, 325; in mortification of the will, 325; for irrational beasts, enemies of the truth, 345; of a humble man, 350; become in your thought like an ant in, 351; Fathers chose silence and seclusion for the sake of, 371; we do not receive help without, 387; path of in temptations, 388; motions of spiritual, 394.

-Prayers, 91-2, 150, 161, 194, 215, 286-7, 298, 300, 309, 311, 365-6.

-Pride: loathsome to God, 42; God sends trials upon the proud to make them humble, 50; is in darkness without knowing it, 99-100; search out, 104; how resist the thought of, 183-5; causes God's providence to withdraw, 190, 309; devil tries to instill, 193; accompanies hardness of heart, 203; trials of, 210-1; from the first degree of knowledge, 259; approaches when a man is without afflictions, 283; precedes ruin, 283; God abandons a man because of, 283, 338; definition of, 283; recollect transgressions to combat, 338; visiting the sick releases a man from, 379-80; and humility, 383; demon of cast down by awestruck wonder, 391.

-Principalities (order of angels), 131, 132.

-Prostrations (or Kneeling): 303, 334, 371; at time of compunction, 38; before Cross, 38,

39, 105; cause of light, 39; cut short by joy, 39; during prayer, 62; thirty, 97; during reading, 105; the delightful bending of the knees, 114; draw God's mercies, 155; hindered by gluttony, 199; prefer to psalmody, 307; mind grows silent during, 307; most helpful in time of darkness, 387; devil wars against, 387-8; persist in even if thoughts are cold, 387.

-Providence of God: 4, 27, 34, 65, 268; writings on, 33; evident in trials, 43-5; the righteous rely entirely upon, 65; astonishment at, 180; thought of brings humility, 184-5; examples of, 184; manifested according to a man's volition, 190; in trials and afflictions, 209, 210; darkness is also from, 241; soul possessing faith relies on entirely, 253; the first degree of knowledge takes no account of, 258, 259; rely on during solitary life, 270-1; arouses fear for virtue, 274; draws nigh a man who despises the world, 276; griefs are sign that a man is under, 290; always present with the saints, 291; manifested only when profitable, 291; do not meddle in, 291 and n; trains the saints, 295-6; brings variations upon us, 338; hurls us into the realm of temptations, 341; protects those who draw nigh to God as children, 351-2; hidden power of, 352; grace reveals the workings of to a man, 354-5; revealed to a man by grace, 391.

-Psalmody: 62, 272, 303; difficult to hold intellect during, 134; not judged for, 151; divine vision into verses of, 241; how to receive delight during, 268, 269; root of the ascetic discipline, 308; more profitable than labor, 308; becomes insipid, 308; during vigil, 366-70; ponder upon before sleep, 393.

-Punishment. See Recompense, Chastisement.

-Purity: of thoughts, 5, 14; natural property of the soul, 19; of the mind, definition, 20; of




mind and of heart, 21; if quickly gained, quickly lost, 21; causes soul to glisten in prayer, 31; causes joy at memory of death, 31; Master of all seen in, 84; visual power of souls possessing, 130; definition of, 173, 177, 344; requires withdrawal from outer turmoils, 173-4; the sign of entrance into, 177; boundary of, 177; purification of the body, soul and intellect, 215-6; revelation comes from, 322; is translucence of the noetic air, 323; requisite for receiving spiritual knowledge, 353; near to when perceive God's care, 390; mysteries of the Spirit given only when there is, 394; grace reveals the soul's splendor through, 394; cannot be achieved outside of stillness, 395; natural that heavenly light shines into, 396.




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-Purpose. See Goal.




-Rapture (see also Captivity), the mystery of even now, 146-7.

-Reading: 226, 334; instructions for, 6; in stillness brings intellect to wonder, 31; read books of the teachers of the Church on providence, 33; of Gospels gives provisions for journey, 33; to be done in stillness, 34; assists prayer, 36; refines thoughts, 45; renews soul-profiting recollections, 58; during times of darkness, 81, 241; boons of, 102; of Scripture in second degree of knowledge, 260; when mind is scattered, 307; should be parallel to way of life, 307; not all books useful for purification, 307; honor above standing, 307; strengthens intellect, 318; sweetened by stillness, 320; ponder upon before sleep, 393.

-Reason: and free will, 4, 134, 146, 230; rational soul's ability to discern good and evil, 226; rational man fears the Judgment, 297.

-Recollection (or Memory): to drive away fleshly, 5; perpetual is spiritual unity, 8; use of, 10-11; of virtues, 58; Scripture renews soul-profiting, 58; of former actions must be cast out, 232; of virtuous and licentious men, 267; discernment of, 268; gives birth to tears, 269-70; of the Judgment, 297; of transgressions, 338; renewed by sense perceptions, 364; of sins is not humility, 383; of human affairs stolen away, 389; of things whereby men are led astray causes tears, 389.

-Recollection of death: 314, 315, 317; when beginning the works of God, 61; blessed is the man who has, 86; and examination of self, 91, 126, 156n, 165-6; accompanies natural knowledge, 227; power of, 238; fetter for outward members, 311.

-Recollection (or Remembrance, Memory) of God: caused by temptations, 47, 48; causes boldness in prayer, 48; causes wonder, 48, 54, 181; cleanses heart, 85; and love of God, 183; man who honors others because of, 229; causes memory of visible things to vanish, 231; is God's indwelling, 248.

-Recollection of world to be, of things spiritual: 34, 36, 179-81, 367, 388-9; collects mind, 156; helps a man to depart from world, 166, 389; through despising things here, 389.

-Recompense (or Repayment, Reward, Punishment): from God, 37; do good not expecting, 37, 230; arises from man's capacity to change, 47; a diversity of in the Kingdom and Gehenna, 56; for good and evil volition, 58; for faith, not works, 62; diverse for diverse sins, 71; and accidental occurrences, 123; endure patiently, 149, during this life or at its end, 153; of our deeds, 230; bestowed by God, 230, 251-2; for the practice of virtue, 235; not given for labor or virtue but for humility, 282; for evil is God's affair, 313.

-Reflection (or Rumination, Meditation): sows the fear of God in the heart, 3; while in




bed, 42; on the love of God screens the soul, 80; on God drives away demons, 84; sweetness of, 114; on future things, 156; on the Scriptures, 179; on God's majesty, providence, 179-80; on death and resurrection, 180-1; and stillness kindle sweetness and wonder, 182; fruits of, 197-8; perform works with, 246; on God, 248; on virtuous men, 267; upon an impotent thought, 300; upon hope of the heart, 311; definition of spiritual, 316; upon future things retains repentance, 316; during vigil, 368-70; effects of upon the world to come, 388-9; imageless meditation, 388; on God causes forgetfulness of the world, 390.

-Relaxation. See Laxity.

-Remembrance. See Recollection.

-Remembrance of wrongs: and prayer, 244, 246.

-Remission. See Forgiveness.

-Renunciation: of former habits, 167; meaning of 'to deny oneself', 167-8.

-Repayment. See Recompense.

-Repentance: 239; no forgiveness without, 10; of no avail after the removal of free will, 12; hope furnished by must not be used as an aid to sinning, 74-6; no limit to, 153; path of, 206; grace after grace, second regeneration, 223; door of mercy, 223; born of faith and fear, 223, 227; brings to love, 224-5; is the working of the fear of God, 227; gives birth to spiritual knowledge, 227; labors of, bitter before receive divine vision, 232; and conversations, 244; boldly rely upon, 248; tears sign of acceptance, 269; mother of life, 305; renews grace lost after baptism, 305; when far from all things, 305; humility the beginning of, 306; retained in soul by reflection upon future things, 316; transports a man to the world to come, 316; is perpetual sorrow of heart, 316; if love, love stillness, 316; heals the soul, 335; definition of, 340, 344; this life is given for, 364.




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-Repose. See Ease.

-Rest, bodily. See Ease.

-Rest: after tears, 83; in it a man begins to behold mysteries, 83; and hardships, 152-3; as an earnest, 153; from passions before reaching humility, 159; of God, 248; do not yield to laxity during, 249; faith is perfect, 257; from labor is the third degree of knowledge, 262; the time of is in the age to come, 293.

-Resurrection: 316, 360; awakens the dead, 166; faith in, 166; of the soul, 175, 198;

living as though after, 179; of mankind, 180; angels await, 180; state after, 214, 367, 372; air of, 224; of spiritual man, 235; doubt in, 242; grace of, 251-2; noetic in the third degree of knowledge, 261; expectation of, 305, 316; conviction in is the budding of the heart, 311; entrusting one's life to the life after, 364.


When you fall down before God in prayer, become in your thought like an ant, like the creeping things of the earth, like a leech, and like a tiny lisping child. Do not say anything before Him with knowledge, but with a child's manner of thought draw near God and walk before Him, that you may be counted worthy of that paternal providence which fathers have for their small children. [Homily 72.]



A man cannot receive spiritual knowledge except he be converted, and become as a little child. For only then does he experience that delight which belongs to the Kingdom of the Heavens. By 'Kingdom of the Heavens' the Scriptures mean spiritual divine vision. [Homily 72.]It is not possible without temptations for a man to grow wise in spiritual warfare, to know his Provider and perceive his God, and to be secretly confirmed in his faith, saved by virtue of the experience which he has gained. [Homily 72.]



A man can never learn what divine power is while he abides in comfort and spacious living. [Homily 72.]



Just as a man whose head is submerged in the water cannot breathe the subtle air which is poured upon the [atmosphere's] empty gulf, so he who immerses his mind in the cares of the present life cannot take in the breath that is a perception of the new world.  [Homily 74.



]It is a spiritual gift from God for a man to perceive his sins. [Homily 74.]



This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits. [Homily 74.]



-Revelation: spirit of, 14; saints receptacles of, 76; definition of divine, 113; concerning God's nature, 113; concerning the angels, 113; given to angels and by angels to men, 140; the causes of and nature of, 175-7; how differs from vision, 176; of mysteries purify the intellect, 215; all received through the second activity, 240; two orders of, 322; most come at night during prayer, 371.

-Reward. See Recompense.

-Righteous activity. See Praxis.

-Rule: of prayer, 62; of asceticism for beginners, 93-5; of life like spiritual chain, 106; divine oeconomy opposed to general, 112; of stillness, 125; wandering causes abandonment of, 198; of fasting, 272; stillness not for fulfilling monastic ordinances, 316; illness suffices instead of, 317.




-Rumination. See Reflection.




-Sabbath, divine vision of, 142-4.

-Saints (or the Righteous): delight enjoyed by, 11; have their histories as living icons for emulation, 27; histories of, desirable to the meek, 28; read lives of, 36; martyrs, examples of courage and divine providence, 44; temptations that befall them to bring humility, 69; in age to come do not pray with prayer, but stand in wonder, 119; inebriated with love, 159; their love of God proven by temptations, 194; path of, 208, 266; receive hypostatic theoria, 214; the second activity brings all revelations to, 240; accounted worthy of perfect knowledge, 259; vision of during the night, 267; martyrs, examples of patience in afflictions, 277; through tribulation a man becomes a partaker of the suffering of, 289; a man who asks for signs is not one of, 292; consider themselves unworthy of God, 293; expel the world from themselves by hardships, 293; trained by trials, 295-6; resemble God by their love for all men, 346; martyrs, strengthened by zeal and eagerness, 357; recollection of the lives of the Fathers, 368-70; chose silence and seclusion for the sake of prayer, 371.

-Samson, 75.

-Satan. See Devil.

-Satiety: finding none in chanting, 116; effects of, 325-6.

-Scripture (or Divine Writings): declares that the good things to come are incomprehensible, 11; teaches how to receive a perception of the delight of the good things to come, 11; God preaches fear in, 74; threats of God in must not be disregarded, 76; indications of spiritual perfection in, 79; faith in the resurrection revealed in, 166; prayer is the key to the understanding of, 233; ponder upon before sleep, 393.

-Scripture, study of: helps in achieving freedom from possessions, 3; drives away lust and memories, 5, 12; brings the soul to ecstasy, 5; gives power to master thoughts, 6; makes plain the pathways of divine vision, 36; fills soul with wonder and gladness, 81; causes one to be unvexed by the passions, 179; a light to the soul, 266.

-Seclusion: precedes prayer, 303; preceded by abandonment of the world, 303.

-Secrets: 94.

-Secundus the Philosopher, 278-9.

-Self-confidence: causes zeal to cool, 274-5.

-Self-constraint: and humility, 349.

-Self-reproach: indication that a man walks on the path of God, 124; discriminating disdain of soul, 250.

-Senses: trouble the heart, 4; thoughts bound to, 5; give birth to desire, 5; do not mediate for the delight of the saints in the Kingdom, 11; when collected, give birth to peace, 22; and intellect, 31, 32; and warfare, 38; become superfluous, 118; heart mediator between those of body and soul, 158; warfare through objects of, 193-4; anger stirred by the desire of the things of, 205; and freedom from possessions, 207-8; spiritual discipline is activity




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apart from, 214; inner mortification requires inactivity of, 234; downfall of is life in God, 235; resurrection of deadens the heart, 235; do not relinquish the freedom of, 249; second degree of knowledge works virtue with help of, 260; impressions of cause thoughts, 306; good ordering of, causes good ordering of thoughts, 311; become inactive from sweetness, 320; stillness brings into submission to the soul, 321; zeal strengthens, 357; renew recollections, 364.




-Seraphim (order of angels), 131, 132, 245.

-Serapion, Abba, 369. Sheol. See Hades.

-Shortcomings (or Failings): are the custodians of righteousness, 282; cause humility, 282.

-Silence: of the bodily members as a sign, 34; give thanks with before divine mysteries, 35, 62, 203, 253; of limpidly pure men is prayer, 182; spiritual wisdom causes to reign, 234; the power of silent deeds, 236; caused by waves of grace, 252; is gazing at God, 306; unites with God, 307; love above all things, 310; on what is born of, 310; of tongue in prayer, 320; mystery of the age to come, 321; suddenly comes upon the soul, 328; unceasing, brings humility, 345; chosen for the sake of prayer, 371; caused by power of grace, 391; of bones offers glorification, 391.

-Simplicity: 186, 192; requires prudence, 24; in journeying the path of virtue and meeting afflictions, 61; primordial, is purity, 177; of stillness, 329; walk before God with, 351; attended by faith, 351; of purity, 353; of mind, 353; take refuge in, 354; of the worshipful Cause, 378.

-Sin: causes of, 41; fear of, 42; easily eradicated in the beginning, 43; love sinners but hate their works, 51; on different classes of, 71-2; does not exist with God, 133; fruit of free will, 133; remission of, 141; power of, 150; hatred of, 150, 152; struggle against initiated by vigil and fasting, 171; commandments strip of inward and outward, 183; of all flesh compared to mind of God, 244; God does not eschew a man for one sort of, 283; continuance in is grievous, 283; go before men to judgment, 314; and expectation of repentance, 314; recollect to combat proud thoughts, 338.

-Sinner: do not hate, 51, 250; do not buffet or exalt oneself over, 281-2; should not despair, 282; pray for, 314; Christ came for, 314.

-Sisoes, Abba, 177.

-Slackness. See Laxity.

-Sleep: rule for, 93; why monks withstand, 102; with expectation, 128; of death, 166; fasting repels, 171; prayer during, 182; love causes converse with God during, 183; born of gluttony, 199; what to say before, 314-5; driven away by remembrance of the Fathers, 370; divine vision during, 392-3; preparation for, and visitations during, 393; protection of grace during, 393.

-Sloth. See Laxity.

-Small things: open the door to great ones, 31, 126; must subdue first, 154; painstaking in, 155; patience and experience in, 200-2.

-Sobriety. See Watchfulness.

-Solomon, 23, 35, 160.

-Sorrow (or Grief): works remove, 7; over sin, 72, 141; prayer filled with, 123; over transitory life, 166; of heart takes the place of physical works, 243, 248; precious gift to God, 244; for another man is martyrdom, 246; virtues interwoven with, 283; from repentance, 305, 306; bridles senses, 307; of mind superior to bodily toil, 308; brings humility, 338.

-Soul: created after body, 14, 29, 234; natural thoughts of, 16; by nature passionless, 17; nature of, 17; suffers together with body, 17; definition of natural, supernatural, contranatural state of, 18; harmed by following after body, 19; will of body and soul different, 20; grasps at things that surpass her, 35; sign of emergence from darkness, 59; relation to angels and demons, 129-31; power of noetic vision, 130-1; senses of, 158; signs of the fruit of, 174; what is the resurrection of, 175; purification of, 215; two eyes




of, 223; work of better than work of the body, 234; stillness brings senses into submission to, 321; hypostatically united with the senses, 321; heavenly beauties concealed in, 394-5.

-Speech (see also Conversation): that comes from praxis, 8; when speak ill of someone, reckon yourself dead to God, 246; of sagacious man, 246.

-Spirit, Holy (or the Comforter): operation of, 11; commandments of replace the law of the Scriptures, 58; teaches secretly, 58; like air for the pure, 85; light of, 86; moves in man during prayer, 121; energy of is spiritual prayer, 182; forces the body to die to sin, 187; finds repose in His own fruits, 187; ripens the fruits




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of the soul, 232; virtues perfected by, 260; power of, 263; dwelling-place of, 293; reception of the power of by the humble, 384; mysteries of, 394.

-Spirit, human: discipline of, 213, 214; pristine vision of, 213.

-Spiritual: prayer, 118, 182-3, 393; things free of movement, and appellations of are inexact, 118; yearning, 157-8; discipline, 213, 214; things have likenesses in our nature,

300; things conceived of grossly, 302; visions, 394.

-Stage(s): three of spiritual life, 79-80; of perfection is the land of promise, 80; three indicated by Ezekiel, 96.

-Standing: during prayer, 102; honor reading above, 307; when no longer possible, 366; because of the warfare of fornication, 367.

-Stillness: 239; the idleness of, 32, 317, 375, 380; above almsgiving, 37-8; and tears, 83; manifold labors of, 97; and vigil, 101-4; and mercy, 109-11; requires complete abandonment of all things, 110, 112; definition of, 112; required for dispassion, 173; beginning of soul's purification, 173; reveals soul's inner wisdom, 174; power of the work of, 175; all the works of embraced by prayer, 182; three reasons why a man perseveres in, 203; lives of Fathers a guide toward, 218-20; a teaching from Heaven, 219; solitary's delight preserved in, 232; gives birth to divine vision into the verses of psalmody, 241; preceded by nonpossessiveness, 304; love more than labors, 307; repentance cannot be brought to completion outside of, 316; mother of repentance, 316; love of is expectation of death, 316; not for doing (monastic) works, 316; mysteries, stages and life of, 318-22; indications for the path of a man's, 328-30; power of overshadows soul, 333; a humble man desires, 348; for the sake of prayer, 371, 375; accidents occur if depart from, 375; and mercy, 376-80; for the sake of constant rumination upon God, 376; for a week or for seven weeks, 377, 379; sham when devoid of mercy, 377; power of wonder is a gift of, 392; few who embrace perfect, 392; dispassion and purity cannot be achieved outside of, 395.

-Stomach (or Belly): 245; no knowledge of divine mysteries when full, 33; vapors of banish wisdom, 54; exhalation of darkens the intellect, 99; mistress of every evil, 275; weighing down causes confusion, 308; when starved, 325, 326; when filled to satiety, 325-6.

-Strength: place no confidence in, 43; given by angels to ascetics, 44; who is strong, 164; God gives secretly, 291.

-Sweetness (see also Delight, Joy): of the works of righteousness, 29; of the power of theoria, 36; fountain of during prayer, 39; of sin, of the Divine Spirit, 39; and weeping, 83, 99; bitterness of hardship transformed into, 88; of prayer, 115; in verses of liturgy, 134; which pervades the heart, 158, 393; of sleep, 171; of Scripture, 179; of passions, 205; soul runs after heavenly, 232; of separation from this life, 232; that comes from divine vision and translates the heart, 232, 322; of spiritual knowledge, of God, 239, 298;




silences the tongue, 320; of grace, 324; draws the whole man, 333.

-Symeon, Saint, of Emesa, 55n.




-Talkativeness: garrulous man distant from his Creator, 85; bemuddles the intellect, 86; is fornication, 87; produces darkness, 233; loquacious man is inwardly empty, 307.

-Tears: speak with, 33; sign that one has received the divine vision of things as they are, 34; cease when mind exalted above created things, 34; and compunction, prostrations, 39; shed in prayer by good heart, 49; sign of emergence from darkness, 59; cessation of, 59, 60; as sign of spiritual rebirth, 82; different orders of tears, 83; unceasing, 96; of hesychast, 104; sudden, 125; boundary between what is bodily and what is spiritual, 174; lead to perfection in the love of God, 174; lack of, sign that a man is buried in the passions, 174; difference of, 174-5; sweetness of is comfort of mourners, 176; entrance to the land of consolation, 179; ignited by the love of God, 183; shed for sinners, 250; sign that repentance is accepted, 269; born when world rejected, 269; born of undistracted rumination, 269-70; the fullness of prayer, 307; in stillness, 329; from the envelopment of grace, 331; when accompany prayer, 363; a few is not the gift of humility, 384; over things whereby men are led astray, 389; caused by power of grace, 391; produced when intellect beholds spiritual things, 392; from divine vision, narration concerning, 392-3.

-Temptations (or Trials): produce knowledge of the truth, 4; do not make trial of mind with




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lewd reflections, 12; of body and of soul, 24, 25, 26; fleeting is to flee virtue; 25; definition of, 25; meaning of 'pray that ye enter not into temptation', 25-6; when man begins a good work, 42; be prepared for, 42; necessary to gain the wisdom of the Spirit, 45; the confidence of faith needed to withstand, 45; upon the lazy and heedless, 46; many cause remembrance of God, 47; permitted so that a man draw nigh to God, 69; necessarily profitable, 70, 342; a reminder to help in bearing, 148-9; brought against beginners by the devil, 189-90; give proof of a man's love for God, 194-5; as a man draws nigh to the city of God, strength and number of increases, 208; in proportion to grace, 208; great gifts together with great, 209; come after reception of grace, 209; of the humble and of the proud, 209-11; advance toward humility by means of, 283; God benefits a man by, 289; is a gift from Christ to suffer, 289; preserve from demons, 290; God trains the saints by, 295-6; boons gained by, 296; power to endure with patience given by God, 296; make a man wise concerning the variations of life, 336; grace introduces a man to, 355; benefits of, 355; intellect hardens body against, 357; uproot love of the world, 361.

-Thanksgiving: a cause for greater gifts, 10, 229; prayer of, 68; for all things, 70; for second creation at the resurrection, 181; receives a blessing and grace from God, 229; for abundant grace of God, 272.

-Theodore, Abba, 218.

-Theodore, Martyr, 184.

-Theophilos, Archbishop of Alexandria, 218.

-theoria (see also Praxis); 13, 136, 183.

-Thoughts: bound to senses, 5; reflection on the Scriptures pinions, 6; four causes of their movements, 20, 21n; turbulence of from gluttony, 53; warfare of, 58; from demons must have material appearance, 128; employment of, 134; and bodily enticements, 155; from gluttony, 199; bridled by afflictions and labors, 206; darkening of, 210; good are divine




gifts, evil are a trial, 229; do not contradict, 269; prayer abolishes proud, 287, murky, 302-3; silence of, 306; caused by impressions of the senses, 306; concentration of by reading, 307; discernment of good and evil, 309; stillness cuts off causes of, 320; difference of reflections indicates inner state, 320; when rend the soul during stillness, 329; many activities collect a swarm of, 349; grace uncovers the ambush of, 354.

-Thoughts, the soul's natural: seen when senses are confined by stillness, 16; cannot be set in motion by demons, only by angels, 138.

-Thrones (order of angels), 131.

-Timothy, the Hermit, 369n.

-Toil. See Works.

-Tomb. See Grave.

-Tongue: and meekness, 43; guarding of, 236, 272; silenced by sweetness, 320; stilled by joy, 333; plays spiritual lyre, 367.

-Transgression. See Sin.

-Tribulations. See Afflictions.

-Trust. See Confidence.

-Truth: phantasms seen instead of, 35; revelation of, 135; theoria of, 136; keenness reveals a phantom of, 138; knowledge of by perception of mysteries, 297; if you love, love silence, 307; illuminations of, 324; perception of, 325; definition of, 325.




-Unknowing: 160; transcendent, 122, 264.

-Ununiformity and Uniformity: 135-6; labor exists amidst ununiformity, 146; fear things seeming to possess uniformity, 153.




-Vainglory: servant of fornication, 31; flee and be glorified, 51; introduces warfare of fornication, 58; deception by, 124; destroys a solitary, 233; soul crushed by, 275.

-Vengeance: he who seeks is devoid of love, 230; none found in acts of God, 230; not for us to decree, 313; God's justice does not take, 314.

-Vigil: brings consolation, 31; and prayer illumine intellect, 35, 54, 247, 334; on the work

of, 101-4, 365-75; and fasting, 171; kept by martyrs, 172; narration concerning, 272; a work filled with delight, 320-1.

-Vigilance. See Watchfulness.

-Virginity: definition of a virgin, 54.

-Virtue: how to lay a foundation of, 3; definition of, 4, 203; elementary must precede the more perfect, 22, 157; refute disputers with, 32; palpable conquer passions, 157; of the soul, 157; fasting and vigil are the foundation of, 171; follow one another in succession, 207; difference when practiced inwardly and outwardly, 235; first degree of knowledge opposed to 260; working of in the second degree of knowledge, 260; renewed by the recollection of virtuous men, 267; zeal necessary for working,




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273; is fulfilling of the law of God, 274; mother of mourning, 282; recompense given for humility, not for virtue, 282; sorrows interwoven with, 283; work of inner, 334; practice all at once, 347; short-cuts among, 347; hardships assail, 355; is a cross, 355.

-Virtues (order of angels), 131, 132.

-Visions: how differ from revelations, 176; many kinds, 176-7.

-Volition (or Will): 290; recompense according to good or evil, 59; God works with a man in proportion to, 190; nature cannot subdue, 204; can be strengthened by a divine




gift to despise afflictions, 278; can choose what is good, but not realize it, 286.




-Wakefulness. See Watchfulness.

-Wandering of body: from despondency, 154; fruits of staying in one place and of, 197-8; and chastity, 307.

-Wandering of mind. See Distraction.

-Warfare: exterior and interior, 38, 169; before, seek your ally, 49; man must never cease waging war, 72; do not grow faint-hearted in, 73; patience in, 103; in cell, 126; against sin, 150; flee causes of, 169-71; men defeated in when they rely on their own strength, 184-5; the devil's four methods of, 189-96; devil defeats us first in small matters, 201; teaches humility, 205; variations of grace and, 336; of this life, 342; and the proximity of things, 358; of devil against vigil, 371-3.

-Watchfulness (or Sobriety, Vigilance, Wakefulness): cause of purity, 14; combine with work, 202; under the pretext of love, soul casts off, 245; help of, 245; helps more than works, 249; of discernment, 250; and humility make virtue steadfast, 282; and diligence preserve health of soul, 299; is sleepiness to things visible, 312; signs for the vigilant, 328-30; and stillness, 391, 392.

-Weakness (or Infirmity): bring one's own to mind, 42; fall to learn, 43; of Adam, 51; blessed is the man who knows his own, 67; teaches that man needs help of God, 67; devil adds to nature's, 200; we must be conscious of, 200; knowledge of is perfect humility, 229; of human nature used as an excuse, 278.

-Weeping. See Mourning.

-Will. See Volition.

-Wisdom (human): those who are overly wise, 61; abandoning for divine, 352.

-Wisdom (spiritual): of God, understood when separated from worldly affairs, 16; fall away from, when consider oneself wise, 86; mind fettered by pursuit of, 163; is infinite because is God, 163; path to, 163; of soul revealed through stillness, 174; dawning of, 175; difference between spiritual and worldly, 234; beginning of is clemency and gentleness, 243; sign of reception of, 298; is gazing at God, 306.

-Women. See Gender, Opposite.

-Wonder (or Awestruck Wonder, Awe, Astonishment): reading Scriptures produces, 6; at God's works, 16; from understanding of spiritual things, 36; from divine vision, 36, 214; from memory of God, 48; at God's graces, 68; from writings of the saints, 81; from stillness, vigil, 104; from divine vision of prayer, 116; motionless state that transcends prayer, 116-22, 390; possessed by saints in age to come, 119; comes to pass during prayer and is therefore called prayer, 119; at the majesty and works of God, 179-81; is unitary knowledge, 214; in life of age to come, no thought of created beings, 214; soul raised above knowledge by, 253; is the spiritual discipline, 262; soul made drunk by, 263; narration concerning, 272; at God's glorious creations, 322; caused by power of grace, 391; love of God and humility received through, 391; gift of first tasted through stillness, 391; few who know the perfection of the gift of, 391-2; narration concerning, 392-3.

-Works (or Labor, Toil, Husbandry): those of body precede those of soul, 29; of the soul, no spiritual gifts without, 29; sweet with the knowledge of Christ, 29; in stillness translated to work of prayer, 38; of the body without purity of mind, 53-4; with wisdom, 54; of body must accompany virtue, 60; ascetical, 62, 97; precede hope, 64; of vigil, 101- 4; each has its own time, 107; prayer must be accompanied by bodily, 107; of laymen not for monks, 110; of monk, 125; with sweat, 134; necessity of, 144; because of ununiformity and compositeness, 146; ascetical, the mother of sanctification, 160;




accomplished without toil, 161; must be accompanied by stillness to give dispassion, 173; saints freely choose, 196;




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do not shrink from dying for, 202; profitless without wisdom of heart, 203; filter out the impurity of the flesh, 213; conjoined with fear of God give birth to spiritual knowledge, 227; necessary to draw near to God, 233; of the heart, 250; of righteousness that utilize knowledge, 251; God wishes only when we offer them as a sacrifice of love, 271; strength given for by guarding of the tongue, 272; recompense given for humility, not for works, 282; protected by humility, 282; turn toward the hope of future things, not bodily benefits, 288; stillness is not for the doing of, 316; of stillness, 319-22; in vain without humility, 338; set labors and grief as goal, 356; cannot receive the Kingdom without, 357.

-World: 298; separation from brings near to God, 4; definition of, 14-5; two worlds created by God, 47, 180-1, 252; man who is enchained by, 86; framing of, 132; is a harlot, 164-5; doubt concerning, 165; is a mere passageway, 165; physical separation from, 169; with closeness to, tears decrease, 174; creation and dissolution of, 180-1; sign of, rising up in a man, 235; is passions, 235; sign that it is more alive in a man than Christ, 276-7; is not the place of righteous, 278; love for prevents love for God, 288; abandonment, hatred of, 303; the profiting of, 317; whisperings of, 320; harmful encounters of are sharp stakes for the soul, 358; scorning of, 360; and love of material things, 388.

-World, dying to: 14, 15, 164, 250; through mourning, 90; through humility, 244; definition of, 300; in heart through stillness, 317; necessary for the quickening of the spiritual Adam, 364; definition of, 364; through mourning, 389.

-World to be. See Kingdom.

-Wrath (or Wrathful, Wroth, Wrothful). See Anger.

-Writings of saints (see also Reading): must be read with care, 6; divine grace helps in reading, 6; read insatiably, 33; encouragement given for repentance not to be misused, 74-6; read in times of darkness, 81.

-Wrongs, to suffer: with joy, 43; purifies the heart, 49; springs from disdain of the world, 49-50; shows mercy, humility, 55.

-Wroth (or Wrothful, Wrath, Wrathful). See Anger.




-Yearning, spiritual: causes separation from the world, 157; requisites for, 157; explanation of, 158.




-Zacharias, Saint, 120.

-Zeal, concerning other men: is sickness of soul, 243; not a form of wisdom, 243.

-Zeal, for virtue: remembrance of former awakens soul, 10; devil withdraws from the zealous, 191; how to preserve fervor of, 192; born of, 197, 198; reason for stillness, 203; instill into others by own example, 236; essential force for the doing of good, 273-5; how awakened and put to sleep, 273-4; stir up during lethargy, 308; strengthens the senses, 357; begets courage and fortitude, 357; and eagerness, 357, and martyrs, 357.






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INDEX OF SCRIPTURAL PASSAGES.

*Indicates an indirect reference.




All references are given according to the Septuagint numbering.

The Peshitta is the standard version of the Holy Bible for churches in the Syriac tradition.




Book - Chapter:Verse




GenesisPage

1:3132*

2:2142

2:729*, 234*

2:13165*

2:19383*

3:3404*

3:5455

3:6424*

3:1464*

3:18, 19143, 224*

3:20143

5:24470*

6:2 ff74*

6:5470*

14:14-16396

18:20 ff75*

18:27456

28:18353*

29:20 ff404*

37:35396

39:1 ff27*

48:228

Exodus 19:15, 16

381*

20:19381

21:24, 25411

24:2409*

24:9 ff121*

29:42120*

32:2718*

32:32345

34:2-3409*

Leviticus 6:2

151*

16:2120*

19:19345*

Numbers 7:89

120*




13:33

61




20:6

25:9




Deuteronomy120*

75*

5:25 ff381*

11:25190*

22:9, 10345*

34:1401*

Joshua 7:6 ff

120*

24:15297

Judges 2:23 ff

69

16:4 ff75*

1 Kings

3:1

120*

3:1375*

2 Kings

7:1

332

12:1375

3 Kings

3:9 ff

23*

8:11160*

8:12350*

8:54350*

10:1150*

18:4018*

19:2 ff476*

19:12382*

22:38470*

4 Kings

2:9

23*

2:11470*

6:13-2355*

13:21473*

2 Chronicles

32:30

165*

Job 1:9 ff

195*

3:10, 11166*




23:13

42:5




Psalms254*

227*

1:573

6:6372

10:24*

16:3452

17:2859

17:38374

21:6456

24:8251*

24:14274

29:2453

33:10390

33:1559*, 274

34:10391

35:9324

41:299

48:12226

48 (49):14 Peshitta315

50:1768

50 (51):17 Peshitta453

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Psalms 54:22




45, 148, 390

59:1367*

68:466

71:6382

77:30, 3123

83:5408*

83:6215

83:11167*

84:9189*

89:462*

89:10167*

90:5271

90:10274

90:13254

90:15-1666

103:3132*

103:15224

103:23410*

104:3, 448

107:1367*

114:6351, 352

118:62372




118:1053

125:529

126:1, 2255*

144:17251*

144:1845*

Proverbs 3:25

45*

3:34384*

4:27452

6:2712*

15:13175

18:12283*

22:1361

25:1635*

25:2735

25:2835*

28:165

28:1349

30:465*

Ecclesiastes 10:16

162

11:137*

11:461*

Wisdom 7:7 ff

23*

Ecclesiasticus 1:1

145*

1:28167

3:1935, 80, 384

14:3324

34:15255*

Hosea 1:2

18*

Micah 7:8

72

Habakkuk 1:13

177*

Malachi 3:7

48

4:2413







Isaiah 1:15

46

1:19

24:16 Peshitta

40:4

40949




347

42:11470

43:2255

50:6457

53:228

54:1181

54:13413

55:6-949

58:254, 64

58:354

58:949

59:1, 2

61:1

65:246

314*

48

Jeremiah 2:18

200

20:9347

31 (48):10

38 (31):33

43 (36):2-3

45 (38):6

47 (40):1189

413*

49*

27*

27*

Ezekiel 9:5, 6

75*

16:49199*

33:1148

33:14-1549

36:26

40:1

47:3-5175

429*

96*

Daniel 3:20 ff

27*

5:1 ff

6:16 ff

12:1376*

27*

473*

Matthew 3:5

476*

3:11

4:1456

169*, 172*




5:4178

5:7313*, 423

5:886*

5:15400*

5:16428

5:19428

5:28459

5:39411

5:40411*

5:45-87*, 392*

5:46-488*

5:48376

6:611*

6:724*

6:8270

6:1011

6:11233*

6:21423*

6:24288*

6:2624*

6:2824*

6:3124*, 390*

6:3224*

6:3324*, 63, 128*, 270, 288*

6:34473

7:7340

7:14456*

8:11, 1257

8:1362

8:20385

10:9, 10233*

10:25385

10:2825

10:37288*

10:3825

10:3925, 168*, 355*

11:11470*

11:28225*, 248, 428

11:29349, 453

11:30428

12:31314

12:34407*

13:4357, 418*

14:10467*

14:23371*

14:30255

15:1457

16:24167, 168, 355*, 429




16:25168*

16:27417*

18:3254, 353, 476*

19:17429

19:21429*

19:27110

20:13-15251

20:2225

21:22255

22:1114*, 396*

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Matthew 22:21




111, 421

22:37220

23:2455*

24:30417*

25:10417*

25:31, 3357

25:4157*

26:26, 28346*

26:4125, 340*, 370

Mark 1:35

371*

2:17314

9:23256

10:27256

16:17256*, 425*

Luke 1:8 ff

120*

1:10 ff120*

4:18314*

4:2357

6:24455

6:3030

6:31380

6:35251*

6:368*

7:41, 42314*

10:18423*

11:8340

11:17400*

13:2425

14:24350

14:26346*

14:33303*




15:11 ff251*, 261*, 299*

16:20 ff276*

17:10433, 446, 458

17:20435*

17:2111*, 85*, 264*

17:33472*

18:369*

18:13433

21:1925

21:36370

22:30224*

22:44143*

23:21456

23:34314*

23:39423*

24:42401*

John 3:5

305*, 425*, 463*

3:16345*

4:21466

4:23466

4:24466

6:50224*

6:58224*

10:9441

10:28168*

13:35428

14:255*

14:6456*

14:15-17263*, 440

14:16402

14:17-20419*

14:21428, 461*

14:23183*, 428

14:26413*

14:30385

15:10440

16:12444

16:13263*, 413*, 444

16:21464

16:3325, 294

17:19346

21:15 ff314*

Acts 1:4

384

1:8384




2:13421*

3:15439

9:15342*

9:17444

10:3 ff120*

10:9 ff120*

12:7 ff27*

14:2225*

21:30 ff27*

26:2439*

Romans 1:26

13

1:28186*

2:15141*

2:2464

2:29456*

3:19296

3:23, 24223

5:7, 8246*, 251*

8:5429*

8:6221*, 395

8:715, 429*

8:8429*

8:15255, 361*

8:16385

8:17161*

8:1829*, 453

8:19, 21180*

8:21448

8:22180

8:24, 25437*

8:26182*

8:35440*

8:38333*, 440*

9:3317, 345, 414*, 434, 440

9:18447

10:2422

10:17227*, 262*

11:32426*

11:33135, 179*

12:4464*

12:21411, 433

13:1463

15:1243*

15:427*

1 Corinthians




1:18432

2:911, 34*, 215*, 224, 394*, 443*

2:10443*

2:16135, 298*, 341*, 454*

3:1691*

3:18352

4:8455

8:1259

9:16317

9:27434

10:13212, 241, 362*

12:23424*

12:27424*

13:1, 2441

13:9257*

13:10263*

13:1256*, 80, 83*, 231*

14:1197*

14:15466

14:22406*

15:9434

15:10259

15:23418*

15:26417

15:31293*

15:41160*

15:50395, 429

15:52417*

2 Corinthians

1:5

364

1:2211*, 425*

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2 Corinthians

3:18




11

4:6175, 461

10:565, 150*

11:14193*

11:17434

12:234, 119, 444*, 445

12:3438*

12:434, 438*, 444*, 445

12:7296, 341

12:9341*

12:11297*, 434

Galatians




2:6455*

3:27305*

5:8213

5:1719

5:21187*

5:22187*, 243*, 415*, 421*, 425*

6:1243*

6:7314, 416*

6:14432, 466*, 476*

6:17466*

Ephesians 3:18

319*

4:13355*, 461*

4:22, 23367*, 395*, 429*

4:24429*

5:16231*

Philippians 1:29

289

2:3177*

2:7382*, 456

2:13287

4:5, 6255, 390

4:7405

4:13259

Colossians 1:5

213*

1:18424*

1:24345*

3:1175

3:513*, 109*, 173*

3:22254*

4:3139*

1 Thessalonians

4:17

417*

5:5452*

5:17370

1 Timothy

1:13

434

1:15314, 434

1:16434

2:528, 139*

2 Timothy




3:12




Hebrews355*

1:14140

4:383*

5:1457

8:10413*

9:7120*

9:8143*

9:22436

10:20382*

11:1380*, 294*

11:33271*

11:37 ff294*

11:38159*, 368*

11:40342

12:2126*, 346, 402*

12:21381

13:12169

James 2:19 ff

65*, 463*

4:6455

1 Peter

1:4-5

452

3:14289

4:13289

2 Peter

1:19

412*

1 John

3:21

203

4:8224






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HOMILIES ST ISAAC FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY
-FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY.

7:1The noetic renewal of the saints is the crown of the intellect and the understanding which have communion with God through the revelation of His glorious mysteries, but the universal renewal is the general resurrection of all.
HOMILIES ST ISAAC FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY
HOMILIES ST ISAAC Epistle to Abba Symeon


Part II – An Epistle to Abba Symeon of Caesarea.
(The Greek printed text addresses this epistle to Symeon the Wonderworker, while the Greek manuscripts have Abba Symeon of Caesarea. Judging merely by the content of the epistle it seems most unlikely that it was written to Saint Symeon of the Wondrous Mountain (Near Antioch) who is also called the Wonderworker).

Your Epistle, O Holy Man, is not simply written words, but as in a mirror you have depicted therein and made manifest your love for us. As you think us to be, so have you written; and you have shown by your very actions that you love us exceedingly, so that on account of your great love, you forget our measure. For that which it were meet for us to write to your holiness and to ask, so as to learn the truth from you (if we were solicitous over our own salvation), this you have anticipated and written to us by reason of the magnitude of your love. But probably you did this with the art of [[divine]] philosophy, so that by means of the subtle and spiritual questions you ask me, my soul

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HOMILIES ST ISAAC First Epistle Saint Makarios
Makarios The Great). [451]



APPENDIX C – The First Syriac Epistle of Saint Makarios of Egypt.
(Translated from the Syriac text edition by W. Strothmann in Die syrische Uberlieferung der Schriften des Makarios 1 (Wiesbaden, 1981) pp. 74-84).

Abba Makarios writes to all his beloved sons, exhorting and greeting them before all else. When a man wishes to know himself, to seek God, and to repent of what he has done in the time when he was heedless, God by His grace gives him sorrow over his former deeds.
Hereafter God, in His tender mercy, gives him bodily hardship through fasting and vigil, through a multitude of many prayers and renunciation of the world. And he grants him to bear abuse, to despise bodily comforts, and to love weeping more than laughter.
After this a man is given mourning, weeping, humility of heart and of body, and the ability not to see another man's failings, but only his own. Further he is granted to recollect the day of his departure from this world and how he must needs come before God, to have always before his eyes the torments to come, and to have depicted before his heart the glory and honor which those who love God will receive.
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