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By John Levko

Although Saint John Cassian lived and wrote centuries in the past (c. 360-435), his non secular writings stay vital to modern church existence and private spirituality.  the wealthy non secular traditions of jap Christianity encouraged the direction and improvement of monasticism within the West. at the present time, all Christians can, via Saint Cassian's concentrate on prayer, succeed in a better country.

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73.  See also, Prayer, 134, 94, 95.  Emphasis mine.  149. ), Nonnenspiegel und Mönchsspiegel des Euagrios Pontikos, TU 39, 4 (1913) 143–165.  2:5, 7, 8.  250.  10:10, 9:34, 9:6, 10:ll. , 38–112. ”68 For the holy ones of God there is no rest from the presence of evil, especially for growth in purity of heart by means of prayer.  4.  13–14. 68 Evagrius, Praktikos, 44.  248–256.  3:5) [Inst. 7:7]. 71 See footnote #44 above.  9:3. , 5:10.  7:2 1.  2:2, 10:11).  74.  2:16. , 2:4.  9:5–6.  14:3. , 1:22.

5:3. , CSS 53 (1982), 83.  9:30. 112 Chapters on Prayer, 5.  9:30.  The works of Cassian highlight the importance of this need, especially in the journey of spiritual perfection through prayer.  See also 9:3,16.  5:22–23.  5:17. 5 It is the preparation before prayer that is important for him in the defensive and progressive development6 of virtues so that the soul can be prepared through discernment to act when the time comes and through action gradually to grow in perfection and as a consequence conform more to the image of God.

2:4.  9:5–6.  14:3. , 1:22. ’’85 PERSEVERANCE IN PRAYER There exists a direct relationship for Cassian between perseverance in prayer and the ability to deal with temptation, whether a troubled subconscious or a demon.  Indeed an important factor behind the great reverence for these monks is the virtue of perseverance shown in tangling with the evil ones, sometimes in literal face­to­face combat. , 10:10.  Ad Monachos 37).  86.  16:22. 86 “Demon dans la plus ancienne litterature monastique” by Antoine et Claire Guillaumont, DSAM 3 (1957), 189–212.

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