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Valyermo Abbey

Steps to Spiritual Perfection: Studies on Spiritual Progress in Evagri

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Evagrius Ponticus (345-399) was among the first of the desert fathers to articulate in writing the wisdom of the monastic movement. Jeremy Driscoll comments in this book on Evagrius in such a way as to show his spiritual relevance for our times. The encounter with Evagrius here becomes for modern readers what it was for those to whom he first wrote: a way of receiving spiritual nourishment and advice from one of the desert masters far away. Evagrius sets out challenging conditions that are requirements for the spiritual goal--knowledge of the Holy Trinity in a luminous place of prayer. This important work is: --a companion volume to Ad Monachos in the Ancient Christian Writers series --along with Ad Monachos, this is the single most comprehensive book on Evagrius --shows how the Evagrius of history can act as a spiritual guide today --breaks new ground in interpreting Evagrius, arguing that his Ad Monachos is a key for interpreting other major questions in Evagrius' other works.