Pre-Lent: What do I Desire?

In many Eastern Christian churches, yesterday was the Sunday of Zaccheus and the beginning of Pre-Lent. Yes, indeed, while most of us are still trying to recover from Christmas, Pre-Lent has already begun. It is the season that precedes Lent, also known as the Great Fast. The Church Fathers believed that now is the time … Read more

The Desert Father Meets a Psychotherapist

Was Evagrius of Pontus perhaps one of the first psychotherapists? My interest in the Church Fathers’ understanding of the human psyche began with reading The Rule of St. Benedict during my last year at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. The Rule illustrated the way in which Benedict wanted the monks in his monasteries … Read more