on 27 February 2008
This is John Cassian's "reports", having interviewed a number of holy monks in Egypt in the fifth century. The spirtual advice given by the monks is ever new, showing extraordinary psychological insight. It is true that some of the reports may seem strange, with a huge emphasis on ascetics, chastity etc, which is likley to appear strange to the modern reader. But, these guys were true masters of the spiritual life and we do well to sit at their feet and listen attentively to their wisdom.