First, we must recognize that the starting-point of all our spiritual development is the natural knowledge given us by God, whether this comes through the Scriptures by human agency, or by means of the angel that is given in divine baptism to guard the soul of every believer, to act as his conscience and to remind him of the divine commandments of Christ. If the baptized person keeps these commandments, the grace of the Holy Spirit is preserved in him.
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.
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.
Saint Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works: Two Hundred Twenty Six Texts In the texts which follow, the beliefs of those in error will be refuted by those whose faith is well founded and who know the truth. Wishing to show that to fulfill every commandment is a duty, whereas sonship is a gift given to men through His own Blood, the Lord said: ‘When you have done all that is commanded you, say: ‘We are useless servants: we have only done what was our duty’ (Lk 17.