Notes on the Life of Saint Anthony

After just having listened to The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks edited by Benedicta Ward, I recently listened to the Life of Saint Anthony by Saint Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria. [This is the text translated by H. Ellershaw: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 4. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. Buffalo,Continue reading “Notes on the Life of Saint Anthony”

not in the head but in the chest

The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology, edited by E. Kadloubovsky and E. M. Palmer (London: Faber and Faber, 1966), pp. 190 to 194: To stand guard over the heart, to stand with the mind in the heart, to descend from the head to the heart—all these are one and the same thing. The coreContinue reading “not in the head but in the chest”

Jesus … recognizes her likeness to himself

Whereas Luke says the widow contributed “all her livelihood,” Mark’s version reads, holon ton bion, “her whole life” (Mark 12:44, emphasis added). For this reason, it is significant that this story of the poor widow in the temple places her in the immediate context of Jesus’ Passion. In Mark this story is found at theContinue reading “Jesus … recognizes her likeness to himself”