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The Ladder of Divine Ascent

The Ladder of Divine Ascent

  • Author: Saint John (Climacus)
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • ISBN: 9780809123308
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 301
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John Climacus (c. 579-649) was abbot of the monastery of Catherine on Mount Sinai. His Ladder was the most widely used handbook of the ascetical life in the ancient Greek Church.

The Ladder of Divine Ascent

The Ladder of Divine Ascent

  • Author: Saint John (Climacus)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Monastic and religious life
  • Page: 270
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The Role of Death in the Ladder of Divine Ascent and the Greek Ascetic Tradition

The Role of Death in the Ladder of Divine Ascent and the Greek Ascetic Tradition

  • Author: Jonathan L. Zecher
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0198724942
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 252
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The Ladder of Divine Ascent, the work of an otherwise shadowy figure, John Climacus (meaning of the Ladder), abbot of St. Catherine's, Sinai (ca. 579-649 CE), is one of the most popular and enduring classics of Greek ascetic spiritual direction. Hailed as the great synthesis of early ascetic writings, the Ladder presents a spirituality self-consciously rooted in the literary and theological tradition of the Desert Fathers and the Great Old Men of Gaza. Despite its incredible popularity among monastic and lay readers, the Ladder is virtually unknown in scholarship. In this work, Jonathan L. Zecher offers a sustained study of the Ladder's spiritual vision, which is contextualized within an equally sustained genealogical survey of Climacus' own tradition. The Ladder is built up through the 'memory of death', a term referring to admonitions of early authors to remember one's inevitable but unknowable death and to contemplate the divine judgment which would follow to cultivate particular ascetic, Christian, lifestyles in their readers. In the literature that formed Climacus, every aspect of the 'memory of death' varied considerably, but Climacus draws these together in the Ladder so that death and the judgment which follows defines a symbolic framework within which monks reflect on their past and approach the future. Climacus also took up metaphorical practices of dying to oneself and others to craft an idea of spiritual progress in the imitation of Christ taking into account failure and frailty. At the heart of this study is the abiding question of how tradition forms, and in the Ladder is an outstanding example of how unflinching fidelity to tradition results in a creative, synthetic achievement.

Ascending the Heights

Ascending the Heights

A Layman's Guide to The Ladder of Divine Ascent

  • Author: John Mack
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781888212174
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 175
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In the sixth century, a monk named John wrote a book outlining the stages of the spiritual life. He based his entire work on the image of the ladder of thirty rungs, stretching from earth to heaven. Each rung described a step in the pursuit of virtue and the spiritual life. Since it was first written, The Ladder of Divine Ascent has been an essential formation of Orthodox monasticism, and a mainstay of Orthodox ascetic spirituality. But it is not just for monks and nuns.This book is written to help those in a non-monastic setting, with "ordinary lives" to understand how to apply the Ladder. Each chapter contains many direct quotes from St. John's writings, in addition to commentary on St. John's words. This book, therefore, should be used as a primer to the Ladder as a helpful tool for ascending the spiritual heights.

Steps to Paradise

Steps to Paradise

  • Author: John Climacus
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1365084744
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 346
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For the first time in English, we present Fra. Luis de Granada's "Libro de la Escala Espiritual," (1562) of J. Climacus' "Ladder of Divine Ascent." This work is from his initial effort of 1551. This particular work has endured more than any other ascetic wring. It remains the most influential early work regarding ascetic practices and deep spiritual growth for those who are and are not under a vowed vocation. The chain of this thought is preserved in the writings of Symeon the New Theologian, a 10th century "Climacus type figure," who likewise has a dual thread in his spirituality. In the early 20th century, L. Moore makes a comment, in his translation of "Ladder of Divine Ascent." A few centuries later, Nicholas of Cusa, makes a compelling remark in one of his later works, "On Seeing God." By the early 1500's Nil Sorsky will continue the link to Climacus and other hesychast practitioners. Lastly, the late V. Loskky has also cited this issue.

John Climacus

John Climacus

From the Egyptian Desert to the Sinaite Mountain

  • Author: John Chryssavgis
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351925210
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 272
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John Chryssavgis explores the ascetic teaching and theology of St John Climacus, a classical and formative writer of the Christian medieval East, and the author of the seventh-century Ladder of Divine Ascent. This text proved to be the most widely used handbook of the spiritual life in the Christian East, partly because of its unique and striking symbol of the ladder that binds together the whole book. It has caught the attention of numerous readers in East and West alike through the ages and is a veritable classic of medieval spirituality, whose popularity in the East equals that of The Imitation of Christ in the West. Chryssavgis follows the development and influence of earlier desert literature, from Egypt through Palestine into Sinai, and includes a discussion of the theology of tears, the concept of unceasing prayer, as well as the monastic principles of hesychia (silence) and eros (love).

Soul Provider

Soul Provider

Spiritual Steps to Limitless Love

  • Author: Edward L. Beck
  • Publisher: Image
  • ISBN: 9780385529723
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 288
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This contemporary look at the seventh-century classic The Ladder of Divine Ascent brilliantly illuminates the enduring relevance of centuries-old spiritual concepts. In The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Saint John Climacus described the thirty steps all seekers must take on the path to spiritual fulfillment. In Soul Provider, Edward L. Beck brings a fresh, modern sensibility to this classic work of Christian literature and its ideas, explaining how they relate to our lives today. Using real-life stories and experiences and incorporating all of the major religious traditions, Beck shows how the thirty steps lead to a deeper understanding of the ideas that guide our journeys, provide for our souls, and draw us closer to God. Beginning each chapter with an illustrative anecdote, Beck explains the significance of each of the steps, discussing its importance in Christian tradition and offering thoughtful, inspiring ways to incorporate it into present-day spiritual journeys. Soul Provider explores the connections between “old” spiritual notions and spirituality as it is practiced and expressed in modern culture. As Beck deftly weaves the past and the present, he reveals the true path to the limitless love we all desire.

The Fellowship of Life

The Fellowship of Life

Virtue Ethics and Orthodox Christianity

  • Author: Joseph Woodill
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • ISBN: 9780878403684
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 144
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Bringing Orthodox Christianity into the recent dialog on virtue ethics, Joseph Woodill investigates the correspondences between the Eastern Orthodox tradition and contemporary virtue ethics, and he develops a distinctly Orthodox vision of theological ethics. This book fills a vacuum in our understanding of the Eastern Church by revealing themes, persons, and insights that offer resources for a contemporary moral theology. Reviewing the Eastern tradition from patristic times to the present, Woodill shows its relevance to contemporary virtue ethics and identifies both differences and similarities between Orthodox and other--Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish--virtue ethics.