By John Levko

Although Saint John Cassian lived and wrote centuries in the past (c. 360-435), his non secular writings remain vital to modern church existence and private spirituality.  the wealthy non secular traditions of jap Christianity prompted the direction and improvement of monasticism within the West. this day, all Christians can, via Saint Cassian's specialize in prayer, succeed in a better kingdom.

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55.  9:18. , 9:25.  The term referred to actual weeping, but it was also a euphemism for an organic transformation of the person: a transformation which had a direct influence on personal prayer.  For in one way does that weeping originate which is caused by the pricks of our sins smiting our heart, of which we read: “I have laboured in my groanings, every night I will wash my bed; I will water my couch with my tears. ’’106 … In another, that which arises from the contemplation of eternal good things and the desire of 100 Ibid.

Often the desire for immediate gratification obscures any feeling of responsibility and there develops an inability to establish limits of behavior and controls. This desire of immediacy in a culture of excess often results in a velocity of lifestyle that makes it convenient not to think about behavior and its consequences, not to mention a sense of evil. , 16:22. , 7:24 and 8:19.  232.  235. 37 The demonology expressed in the Life of Antony,38 in the work of Evagrius39 and Cassian40 became classical of the desert.

It refers to a state of the soul, a phase in the process of growth in prayer toward perfection; see Praktikos, 64, and note the concept of hesychasm.  13:3, which Cassian equates with purity of heart. 114 To grow in perfection means to grow in the virtues, especially humility and patience, and to gain control of the thoughts, feelings, and passions.  5:20.  Emphasis mine.  123–124.  91ff.  1:7). For Cassian, tranquillitas, stabilitas, and puritas are used to express the perfection of askesis, where ascetic perfection and discernment of spirits are closely associated.

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