What exactly is “The Philokalia”?

  • The Philokalia means “love of the beautiful, the good”

  • A collection of texts written between the 4th and 15th centuries by spiritual masters of the Eastern Orthodox Church mystical Hesychast tradition

  • Originally written for the guidance and instruction of monks in “the practice of the contemplative life”

  • Compiled in the eighteenth century (1782) by St. Nicodemus of Mount Athos and Macarius of Corinth.

The Philokalia is a precious collection that should be read with spiritual guidance. This page will combine all the resources on this website, that reference the Philokalia. Continue reading below to see how you can gain wisdom and further your ‘love of the beautiful’.



Oct 28, 2019

Many have called the eremitic life blessed, others, the communal or coenobitic life. Others again have described in this way leadership of the faithful, or the counseling, teaching and administration of churches. All of these are activities that provide people with nourishment in body and soul. But for my part [...]


Oct 23, 2019

Faith is knowledge that cannot be rationally demonstrated. If such knowledge cannot be rationally demonstrated, then faith is a supranatural relationship through which, in an unknowable and so undemonstratable manner, we are united with God in a union which is beyond intellection. St. Maximos the Confessor

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