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’.



November 23, 2018

As wax cannot take the imprint of a seal unless it is warmed or softened thoroughly, so a man cannot receive the seal of God's holiness unless he is tested by labors and weaknesses. That is why the Lord says to St Paul: 'My grace is sufficient for you: for My power comes to its fullness in your weakness'; and the Apostle himself proudly declares: 'Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me

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