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Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the Questions of Their Disciples.


1     For what purpose did the Son of God become man?

2     How can I love the man that hates and repulses me?

3     There are so many commands of Christ. How can I observe all of them?

4     Why did the Lord become man?

5     What commands of Christ must I do to be saved? Can you tell me in a few words?

6     What benefits do we get from prayer?

7     Master, it is said that self-control is the way to control concupiscence.

8     Tell me, master, how does man often show his foolishness?

9     I entreat you, father, teach me how love tames anger.

10   Why do we frown on the visible world?

11    What is the first sign of virtue?

12    How would you know that a person is righteous?

13    What is the beginning of the spiritual life? 

14    What is the beginning of the spiritual life (part 2)? 

15    Why is knowledge so important for a Christian? 

16    What is the first and most fundamental vice? 

17    What is the second vice that affects our thoughts? 

18    What is the fourth vice? 

19    Fear of death is common to all men. How do you reduce this fearful feeling? 

20    What are the other signs of a doubting faith? 

21    Who is the true man? 

22    Compare the bodily eyes and the eyes of the mind. 

23    Does God rejoice at the good and is He angered by evil? 

24    What do you say of him who speaks foolishly? 

25    What is the greatest temptation that causes even the fervent to fall? 

26    Are we to work, pray and fast unceasingly? 

27    Who benefits at birth, the body or the soul? 

28    Is this the cause of your fears, that the soul does not last forever? 

29     What must we do to heal our souls from its strong tendency to sin? 

30     Why are we all encouraged to reach contemplation? 

31     Are you not Agaton the Heretic? 



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