4; J.E. Bamberger, ‘Introduction’ in Evagrius Ponticus’ The Praktikos & Chapters on Prayer, trans. J.E. Bamberger (Trappist, KY: Cistercian Publications, ). EVAGRIUS PONTICUS PRAKTIKOS / ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΟΣ Prologue, § A Carthusian enters the Grand Chartreuse The Belles Heures of John Duke of Berry, Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos. Chapters on Prayer” (Cistercian Studies, ) Evagrius Ponticus (Author), John Eudes Bamberger.

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Email required Address never made public. In order to quell the passions, a monk must first live a lifestyle conducive to the cleansing of his soul.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Has anyone read the book? You are commenting using your WordPress. Bydlo Suka rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Bamberger background as a psychiatrist, as a monk, and as an erudite historian gives us a clear view on the work of Evagrius Apatheia is no mere passivity, lack of desire, or lack of emotion.

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Written pontocus Abbot John Eudes Bamburger for those Henri Nouwen fans, the same a This book has been on an unofficial list for years, so when I was thinking of books to buy from my birthday money last year, I thought it was time. Turbid anger is calmed by the singing of Psalms, by patience and almsgiving.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That is helpful because, otherwise, these early monastic works can be difficult to approach. Feb 02, Robert Keller rated it really liked it. There are events which warrant more food or water, namely in acting hospitably toward others or when the body is too weak to abstain.


Books by Evagrius Ponticus. Even later detractors such as Maximus the Confessor and John Climacus borrowed significantly from Evagrius for their own theological works Casiday, Evagrius Ponticus, p. Evagrius hte the way in which the three parts work interdependently, The rational soul operates according to nature when the following conditions are realized: Let him observe their intensity, their periods of decline, and follow them as they rise and ponticks.

These are strange works to the ears of modern readers, filled with practical experience in prayer and contemplation, deep psychological insight, occasionally odd theology and more than its share of demons in praktimos soup.

Paperbackpages. An ascetic should not desire any type of worldly wealth and deceive himself reasoning that he is saving for charitable purposes, for even in that the devil lays a trap, hoping to burden the person with worldly business. He encourages monks to engage in careful observation of their demonic enemies.

You will then become heir to all. Hunger, toil, and solitude are the means of extinguishing the flames of desire. To opnticus out more, including how evzgrius control cookies, see here: You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Intriguing perspective on the concept of sin and how to handle temptation. Remember me on this computer. Robert Meyer Westminster, MD: Daniel Wasielewski rated it liked it Nov 10, In fact, he doubted whether a person could be righteous and a worthy spiritual warrior if his lifestyle allowed for indulgences.

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He then went to Egypt and spent the remaining years of his life in Nitria and Kellia, marked by years of asceticism and writing. Published November 1st by Cistercian Publications. Again, how they set the memory in motion must be explored.


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All quotes from On Thoughts are from this translation. This book had a lot of information on Evagrius and the desert monks. Indeed, this 4th-century Desert Father writes for Christians everywhere: It will put aside the passions through the virtues, it will put aside the bare thoughts through contemplation; it will even put aside contemplation itself, when there appears to it that light at the time of prayer which sets in relief the place of God. See also Harmless, Desert Christians, p.

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Sep 22, Amos Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: He explains, We must take care to recognize the different types of demons…[so that] we are in a position to address effective words against them, that is to say, those words which correctly characterize the one present…. I was surprised to find certain parts of the Chapters on Prayer to be very similar to Buddhist beliefs, and also I found other parts to be nearly identical to Islamic beliefs. Nor can the mind that is enslaved to passion see the place of spiritual prayer.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Some of it was a slough to tread, but the Chapters on Prayer are resonant. Log In Sign Up. Fortunately, demons can only tempt and distract the monk; they cannot compel a monk to do anything.