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A rich collection of desert wisdom, with poignant parables and proverbs. It gives a vivid glimpse into early monastic life and the spiritual endeavor in climbing up the ladder... each step has its own texture to consider.
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angels anger ascetic avarice blessed body brother chastity Christ comes compunction confession contrite demons Desert Fathers despair despondency devil disciple dispassion Divine Ascent enemy Evagrius evil thoughts eyes faith fasting fear fight fire flesh fornication gift give glory gluttony God's Gregory Gregory of Nazianzus Gregory of Nyssa Gregory Palamas happen hard heart heaven hesychast hesychia holy humble humility Jesus Prayer John Cassian John Climacus John's judge judgment keep kind labor Ladder of Divine lapse light living Lord lust Martyrius Matt meekness mercy mind monastery monastic monasticism monk mourning nature neighbor never obedience once one's ourselves passions penitence person praise pray pride remembrance of death repentance scholion seen sense shepherd Sinai sins sleep solitary solitude someone soul speak spiritual father Step struggle superior surely talk teaching tears things tion true turn vainglory vices virtues watch words