WRITTEN BY JOHN MOSCHUS
This translation of The Spiritual Meadow by Benedict Baker.
Prologue of John Moschus - To his beloved in Christ Sophronius Sophista It is obvious to all, my beloved son, that the meadows present their most beautiful appearance in Springtime, with its pleasing variety of flowers of every sort, demanding the attention of all who gaze, impossible to ignore, beneficial in all sorts of ways, for they delight the eyes and give pleasure to the sense of smell.
Concerning people who ridicule him – A Prayer from Bishop Niphon. Lord, have mercy on all who ridicule me or hate me. You know the evil one incites them to do this, just as he makes me continually embitter Your Divine Name. For this reason I beg you, Almighty God and Lord of mercy, to forgive and bless those who scorn me. Cause them to emerge as spiritual stars, great saints.
Source: Orthodox Path
Below is an amateur translation I did. It’s an excerpt from Words from the heart (pp. 246-250), a collection of homilies by Abbess Makrina of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Odigitria in Volos, Greece. It is a beautiful story that tells of the great rewards God has prepared for those who practice patience when confronted with great trials and temptations, and the spiritual exhalation the soul experiences when we abstain from passing judgement, even on those who openly hate and harm us.
Over the years I have found that reading the works of St. Mark the Ascetic during the Great Fast has helped me out. His words and his understanding of living the Gospel are very clear. I now have a notebook with many of his short quotes throughout to remind me ‘to live in simplicity of devotion to Christ.’
I am posting two works of his here that I cleaned up and formatted as PDF.
Two new services have been added to the resources page.
The canon of repentance to Jesus Christ.
The canon Supplicatory Canon to St. Silouan the Athonite.
The humble knowledge of our own self should be honored as more important that all sciences together.
St. Nikodemos the Hagiorate
Maintain pure your soul as the most important piece of your life.
St. Basil the Great
Do you want to find the Eternal Life? Well then maintain these two things: faith and humility.
St. Isaac the Syrian
Wisdom from Elder Symeon Our whole relationship with God is of this nature: how to live in comfort in this world or in this life, how to have a good time (be in good health, with thriving business, in a good house with a nice family and children on the right track –studying, making progress, becoming important–, in other words, successful in all respects).
Homily 39 Luke 7:31-35. To what therefore shall I liken the men of this generation, and to what are they like? They are like to children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We have played unto you, and ye have not danced: we have wailed unto you, and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came, neither eating bread, nor drinking wine, and ye say, that he hath a devil.
My friend Fr. Matthew Harrington gives me credit for saying, “Your spiritual maturity can only be measured by how you respond to the cross.”
He quoted this to me on a day when I needed to hear it, and do not remember saying it to him, so it was a bonus.
Now days I usually say it this way. Your Response for the Cross Defines you.
One of the permanent themes of being a Priest, is having to remind people that they will experience both the Cross and the Resurrection in their spiritual lives.
I recently came across a new translation of the works of Diadochus, Bishop of Photike in Epiros. I have his ten definitions to be very helpful, so seeing them in English as a new translation is great.
I am taking the quotes from the book Following the Footsteps of the Invisible - the Complete Works of Diadochus of Photike: Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota.
The Other version I have is something I found on the Internet and have found myself reading over and over again since I found it.
After every storm, if you don’t give up, you may see your whole struggle bearing fruit. Indeed! Yes, you get to see the fruit if you take the right stance, of course, if you stand humbly before God having trust and patience, without being scandalized. Elder Symeon Kragiopoulos
Some think that the blessing of God, the grace of God is a high state. No, this is not so.