Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos. Chapters on Prayer (Cistercian Studies) [ Evagrius Ponticus, John Eudes Bamberger] on *FREE* shipping on. Luke Dysinger’s English translation of the Praktikos of Evagrios Pontikos. pr. pr. pr by the same [Evagrius] Treatise on the Praktiké: Chapters. 1. 1. 1. The works of Evagrius, few of which are preserved entire in Greek, survive haphazardly: in . Second part of the trilogy (see Praktikos), comprising 50 chapters.

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Change cannot happen without hard work. Many Christians seem to miss this point, just as the people of Israel missed it throughout the history recorded in the Old Testament. Too often, though, we do not remember the commandments, so how can we keep them? Too often we want to leave it to the Lord to act, forgetting that we must reciprocate, that we must act for the Lord.

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Too often we plead ignorance or simply blame others, a much easier course of action than making the hard climb up the inner mountain. You must change your life. Many make a great effort to change their lives in every way except in their faith.

Some even seem committed to avoiding the hard work it takes to live the Christian life authentically. When we read the Church Fathers, we find that whether married, monk, or hermit they took to heart the words of St.


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Paul about enduring to the end, winning the race; they made a commitment to living their lives as asceticsathletes for Christ. No one understood this better than the fourth century Egyptian monk and writer Evagrius Ponticuswho defined and elucidated the eight kinds of evil thoughts that cause us to stumble in the race to heaven. The Praktikosthe best known work of Evagrius, is a concise book of only thirty pages about how to live as an ascetic.

This small book of short chapters of no more than a paragraph each, originally written for monks, has attracted readers throughout the centuries who seek to learn about how prakti,os live a disciplined, holy life. In The PraktikosEvagrius defines the eight evil thoughts as gluttony, impurity, avarice, sadness, anger, acedia, vainglory, and pride Chapter 6.

Later, in the west, they are transformed into the seven deadly sins. It is a book filled with advice for defeating the eight evil thoughts, and the demons who stir evagrihs up:.

Nor again to thoughts of fornication, imagining the pleasures vividly.

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The one darkens the soul; the other invites to the burning of the passion. In Chapters on PrayerEvagrius defines prayer from every angle and teaches us what it truly means to pray as a Christian. Evagrius teaches us that the work of the ascetic is truly the work of every Christian, regardless of state in life. Without knowledge of the writings of Evagrius, a Christian wages spiritual warfare with hands tied, or does not even fight at all. Evagrius is a steady guide for the Christian life, one who helps us know the true obstacles to our attaining the peace of Christ in this life and the next.

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With the wisdom praktikks Evagrius, we are less likely to ebagrius prey to the eight evil thoughts and demons. And when we do, we know how to fight. John Eudes Bamberger Kalamazoo, Michigan: Josaphat in Parma, Ohio, and serves at St.

A poet, Deacon Kevin’s recent book prakti,os Following the Light: New and Selected Poems, rvagrius conversion story in poetry. Excellent effort, as usual, very knowledgable with the subject, and human being weaknesses.

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Catholic poet, Rainer Maria Rilkewrote in German. Evagrius Ponticusalso called the Solitary. Nicolas Matalanis on September 12, at 9: Leave a reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

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