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Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference Two Part V on Discretion

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference Two Part V on Discretion

April 17, 2014

A wonderful discussion this evening on the concluding paragraphs of the Conference and in particular on the practice of fasting.  Attention is given to the implications of Cassian's teaching for Christians living in a secular culture and in the face of the many evils therein.  How is it that one pursues a life of holiness in the modern day?  How do we engage the culture in a fashion that is not stilted or reactionary?  

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference Two Part IV on Discretion

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference Two Part IV on Discretion

April 10, 2014

Continuing discussion of the value of the revelation of one's thoughts to an elder and the responsibility of the elder to treat those entrusted to them with kindness and compassion; example of discretion as the avoiding of extremes, especially in regards to the practice of fasting.

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference Two Part III on Discretion

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference Two Part III on Discretion

April 3, 2014

Discretion and the importance of the revelation of one's thoughts; the graces of the humble recognition of one's sins and the safety it brings in the spiritual life; the importance of the spiritual elder and the concurrent dangers of false teachers.

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference One Part V and Conference Two Part II on Discretion

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference One Part V and Conference Two Part II on Discretion

March 27, 2014

The Importance of Discretion in the Spiritual Life; Various Titles of Discretion; Necessity to attain and sustain virtue; examples of lack of discretion; Necessity of Humility for Attain Discretion; Importance of the Revelation of one's thoughts to another.

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference One Part V and Conference Two Part I on Discretion

Conferences of St. John Cassian: Conference One Part V and Conference Two Part I on Discretion

March 20, 2014

At the end of the first Conference, Abbot Moses observes that they have passed naturally from purity of heart to a new subject - discretion.   Throughout this conference he will concentrate on the need for discretion, the ways of acquiring and practicing it and the great merit of discretion.  

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