Thank you to all who attended the group on the Ladder of Divine Ascent. It was wonderful to see so many with the desire to sit at the feet of the great Saint and teacher John Climacus.
Tonight was our inaugural group reading the Ladder of Divine Ascent by Saint John Climacus. We allowed ourselves to jump immediately into the text with step number one “On Renunciation.” We will unpack things as we move forward; including the anthropology and the psychology of the fathers, the language used by Climacus and historical details from his life.
In the first three paragraphs Climacus begins his writing with God, who he describes as the source of life and salvation for all, believers and unbelievers, just and unjust, pious and impious, educated and illiterate, healthy and sick, young and old. He then goes on to define the Christian and the monk and how their identity determines the way they live their lives. Freedom is set out as imperative. God has created all free beings and offers salvation to all. This is the essential frame in which we are to read the rest of the book and understand the ascetical life. We freely seek to give ourselves and our love to God and to embrace the love and grace that He has given to us. Our asceticism is not simply an act of endurance but rather an act of freedom and love. Outside of this the ascetical life loses any sense of purpose and meaning. Likewise we look to the elders, to the fathers in their virtue and purity of heart for their guidance in word and deed. They in turn engage us not as impartial observers or analysts but rather as those who are fellow strugglers in the pursuit of God and of the kingdom. It is the love and desire for the salvation of those in their charge that guides and directs their care of others.
20:06:45 From Fr. Miron Jr. : same seminary experince duing my years...
20:10:26 From Lilly : I didn’t know him until last year
20:10:58 From Gilmar Siqueira : Translated into Spanish by Friar Luis de Granada :)
20:12:34 From victoriaschweitzer : Good point, amil !
20:13:40 From Carole DiClaudio : I thought the same thing, Amil!
20:19:36 From Amil : 🕊️
20:22:37 From Rachel : Bingo
20:27:51 From St. Stanislaus Kostka Religious Education : We simply have to keep ourselves focused on God. No matter what our 'poverty' limitations....not looking at each other's abilities or place in the world...just keep focused on God and ask for God's help.
20:34:03 From maureencunningham : Thank you
20:34:07 From Miika : Sadly theological education in the Nordic countries is also very one-sidedly rationality centered. (At least amongst us "protestants" -not that I protest anything personally...as far as I know)
20:34:22 From Rachel : lol Carol
20:35:12 From iPhone : thank you
20:35:18 From Rachel : Thank you Father and everyone. God bless!
20:35:23 From Bob and Tara Bartz : Thank you!
20:35:24 From Ben David : good night good fight
20:35:30 From Mitchell Hunt : Thank you Father
20:35:31 From Michele : Thank you!
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