John Cassian

John Cassian on Prayer

Prayer changes at every moment in proportion to the degree of purity in the soul and in accordance with the extent to which the soul is moved either by outside influence or of itself. Certainly the same kind of prayers cannot be uttered continuously by any one person. A lively person prays one way. A person brought down by the weight of gloom or despair prays another. One prays another way when the life of the spirit is flourishing, and another way when pushed down by the mass of temptation. One prays differently, depending on whether one is seeking

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Difficult Verses: John 12.32

In discussing the doctrines of the afterlife, we find difficult verses, one of them being John 12.32. I will try not to draw a conclusion, but simply present information on this verse: And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.

Church History / John Cassian

The missing Deadly Sin

The Seven Deadly Sins are derived from the Eight Thoughts of John Cassian, the monk who, in the Fourth Century, systematically recorded the teachings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. He described how monks and nuns were always afflicted by Eight Thoughts or Demons. The transformation from Eight Thoughts to Seven Sins begins with Pope Gregory the Great in the Sixth Century. Gregory began this process by removing one vice from the list: acedia, a Greek word which can be translated as spiritual apathy. The disappearance of acedia from ordinary people’s vocabulary deprived Western culture of the ability to

John Cassian

John Cassian on Friendship

From John Cassian – There are many kinds of friendship and companionship which unite men in very different ways in the bonds of love: For some a previous recommendation makes to enter upon an intercourse first of acquaintance and afterwards even of friendship. In the case of others some bargain or an agreement to give and take something has joined them in the bonds of love. Others a similarity and union of business or science or art or study has united in the chain of friendship, by which even fierce souls become kindly disposed to each other, so that

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John Cassian, Grace, Free Will and Semipelagianism

As I was reading concerning Augustine and his diabolical scheme to end the Gospel’s message, erasing the Great Commission and the Commission given in Acts 1, I came across the mention of a monk still celebrated by the East, John Cassian. Cassian, as I came to find out, was attached and later defended John Chrysostom before the Roman bishop when the Patriarch had caused friction within the imperial household.