“If the love of God dwells within you, it is necessary
that such love bring forth other fruit, such as fraternal love, meekness, sincerity,
perseverance in prayer, and zeal and all virtues. But since the treasure is
precious, so also great are the labors, necessary to obtain it.”
— St. Marcarius, from the Great Letter
These two writings of St. Marcarius of the 4th Century bring to
the West a holistic, “heart” spirituality that offers a necessary
remedy to the “head” so-called spirituality that has infected the
George A. Maloney, provides a great service by bringing to the
public the first modern English translation of the Fifty Spiritual Homilies
and The Great Letter of Macarius, a Syrian monk of the fourth century
whose identity is still the subject of scholarly investigation.
The Fifty Spiritual Homilies, in the form of a practical,
monastic pedagogy, reveal the typical traits of Eastern Christian asceticism,
with particular emphasis on the spiritual combat, the action of the Holy Spirit,
and the importance of interior prayer. The Great Letter discusses the
purging of the passions to bring the Christian into a state of tranquility and
integration, and addresses the monastic community with instructions regarding
organization, humility, and prayer.
Softbound. 298 pp.