The Philokalia is a collection of sacred Orthodox Christian spiritual texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries. The Saints who wrote these texts were concerned with inner asceticism, ceaseless prayer, and how one may attain a life of contemplative stillness and union with God. These precious Philokalic texts are the glory of the Church, and reveal the path to spiritual sobriety, and the Prayer of the Heart. For some years Patristic Nectar Publications has provided a small portion of the whole Philokalia as audio books, with a Path of Entry guide provided by Father Maximos Constas. Today we are enthused to announce an ambitious new project to professionally record in studio the entire Philokalia, and to make it available in its entirety at PNP for free. Toward this end we have made a $40,000 recording commitment, and have received an initial $20,000 matching grant from a generous PNP supporter. Please consider making a generous donation today, and helping up provide the Philokalia to everyone absolutely free.
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A Conversation on the Philokalia with Special Guest, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)
In this 35 minute face-to-face video interview Fr. Josiah discusses the sacred Orthodox spiritual texts known as The Philokalia with one of the three translators of the Philokalia into English and the only one still living: His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). Metropolitan Kallistos is a leading authority on the Philokalia, and will introduce the listener to its riches as well as revealing behind the scenes information about the English translation itself.
Monk Maximos (Constas), Athonite, patrologist, and former Harvard Professor, is interviewed about the life and teachings of his patron saint: St. Maximos the Confessor. St. Maximos Confessor lived and taught in the 7th century, and his contribution to the promotion of Holy Orthodoxy is virtually unmatched. Fr. Maximos, the premier Maximos scholar in the contemporary Orthodox world, has recently completed the first-ever complete English translation of St. Maximos' Ambigua. The Ambigua, an effort by St. Maximos to interpret some 70 difficult passages in the writing of St. Gregory the Theologian, is perhaps the most difficult patristic text to translate and interpret. The Ambigua is published by Harvard University Press, and is available for less than $30 a volume.