Homilies of the Fathers – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost available here. Saint John Chrysostom - from Homily LXXVIII on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew "Then He spake again another parable. A man travelling into a far country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods; to one five talents, to another two, to … Continue reading Homilies of the Fathers – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Homilies of the Fathers – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost available here. Saint John Chrysostom - Homily LXXI on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew "But when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together; and one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and … Continue reading Homilies of the Fathers – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Homilies of the Fathers – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture readings for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost available here. Saint John Chrysostom - Homily LXIX on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew Do you see both in the former parable and in this the difference between the Son and the servants? Do you see at once the great affinity between both parables, and the great … Continue reading Homilies of the Fathers – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fasting with the Fathers, Day Fourteen

They used to say about Abba Dioscurus that his bread was made of barley and lentils, and that at the beginning of each year he would set himself with some new task of ascetic excellence, saying, "This year I will not converse with any man," or, "I will not speak at all," or, "I will not eat food … Continue reading Fasting with the Fathers, Day Fourteen

Fasting with the Fathers, Day Thirteen

Abba John said, "If a king wishes to subdue a city belonging to enemies, he first of all keepeth them without bread and water, and the enemy being in this wise harassed by hunger becometh subject unto him. And thus it is in respect of the hostile passions, for if a man endureth fasting and hunger regularly, his enemies … Continue reading Fasting with the Fathers, Day Thirteen

Fasting with the Fathers, Day Nine

A certain brother from the Cells brought some new bread, and he invited all the old men who were under vows at Scete to partake of a meal. And when each of them had eaten two bread-cakes, they ceased eating. Then the brother, who knew their labours of abstinence, and that they did not usually eat, and never … Continue reading Fasting with the Fathers, Day Nine