Sadness Can Be an Angel or a Demon

This year throughout Lent I am writing about the desert monastic tradition and the way they understood thoughts and our relationship to them. In another article, which you can find by clicking HERE, I talked about the imagery used by these early Christian monks which describes unwanted thoughts and feelings as demons. This is a different … Continue reading Sadness Can Be an Angel or a Demon

Acedia: The Ancient Word for Covid Blues

This year throughout Lent I will be writing about the desert monastic tradition and the way they understood thoughts and our relationship to them. In another article, which you can find by clicking HERE, I talked about the imagery used by these early Christian monks which describes unwanted thoughts and feelings as demons. This is … Continue reading Acedia: The Ancient Word for Covid Blues

Antirrhêtikos: Talking Back to Demons

Evagrius of Pontus, one of the most influential of the desert fathers and a student of Origen, wrote a book called Antirrhêtikos which is usually translated today as "Talking Back." This book was meant to be a practical reference manual for contemplatives. The idea behind the book comes from the scriptures, specifically Jesus' being tested … Continue reading Antirrhêtikos: Talking Back to Demons