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By John Climacus (author), Colm Luibheid, Norman Russell (translation), Normal Russel (notes on translation), Kallistos Ware (intro

The Ladder of Divine Ascent used to be the main familiar guide of the ascetic existence within the old Greek Church. well known between either lay and monastics, it used to be translated into Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, previous Slavonic, and lots of smooth languages. It used to be written whereas the writer (who bought his surname from this e-book) used to be abbot of the monastery of Catherine on Mount Sinai. As mirrored within the identify, the ascetical lifestyles is portrayed as a ladder which each and every aspirant needs to ascend, each one step being a advantage to be got, or a vice to be surrendered. Its thirty steps mirror the hidden lifetime of Christ himself. This paintings had a primary effect within the fairly the Hesychastic, Jesus Prayer, or Prayer of the center circulation. Pierre Pourrat in his heritage of Christian Spirituality calls John Climacus the "most vital ascetical theologian of the East, at this epoch, who loved an excellent recognition and exercised and demanding impact on destiny centuries."

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